Authorizations and Permitting
How can we help you use State land?
State Lands authorizes the occupation of state land for both short and long term use. We have a variety of authorizations including easements, leases, licenses and permits to cover every type of use from residential to commercial and can assist with filling out any of our applications. If you have questions about our applications please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Project applications account for around 50% of the State Land Office workload. In excess of 300 projects are processed annually. In order for staff to efficiently process all of these applications, they must be filled out completely and accurately. Incomplete applications will be returned and the project may be closed if additional information is not received. It assists us greatly to receive a properly filled out application and can also reduce the processing time.
Please note that per NRS 322, State Lands is required to collect an application fee and may assess an annual use fee for any type of authorization that is issued.
Use of State Owned Land (PDF) - Submit this application if you would like an authorization to use state land for purposes such as overhead or underground utilities, a roadway, or a communication site. If you are planning a temporary construction project across state land this application would be appropriate.
Use of State Owned Submerged Lands- LAKE TAHOE ONLY (PDF) - Submit this application if you would like a permit for a structure at Lake Tahoe like a pier, buoy, breakwater or boat lift. This application should also be used for construction projects and dredging within the waters of Lake Tahoe.
Use of State Owned Submerged Lands - ALL OTHER WATERBODIES (PDF) - Submit this application if your project will use land below the ordinary high water mark of the Truckee River, Washoe Lake, Carson River, Colorado River, Virgin River, or Walker Lake. This application should also be used if your project crosses over or under these waterbodies, for construction projects, or dredging within these waterbodies.
Please review the State Sovereign Lands Permitting Process- River Projects Emphasis for a better undertanding of the permit process.
Snow Storage Application for State Owned Lake Tahoe Land (PDF) - Submit this application to use state land at Lake Tahoe to store snow associated with removal activities.
Certification Request Form(Docusign) (PDF) - This form is required pursuant to NRS 321.003: “Before a state agency erects a building or makes any other permanent improvement on land assigned to it, the agency shall notify the State Land Registrar, in a form prescribed by the State Land Registrar, and shall not proceed with the construction or improvement until the State Land Registrar certifies the nature of and any encumbrances against the State’s title to the land, and certifies that the boundaries of the land assigned include the site of the proposed construction or improvement."
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