Obtaining a prospecting permit for construction aggregate, clay, coal, soil testing and geophysical exploration is not difficult. It generally takes 3 to 4 weeks to complete the process from beginning to end and the use of electronic communication can help keep the application moving along. This web site will provide much of the information that you need to submit and complete the application process. Please let us know if there is something that you think is missing from this site.
The key factor is to contact the Department of Trust Lands as soon as possible to get the process started using the on-line application form. An early first contact is important for timely completion of the process.
Track the status of your application on-line. You can track the status of your application on-line with the web based tracking tool. Real-time information is available showing the steps completed in processing the application and also any outstanding deficiencies or missing information. After you have submitted an application, it will be logged into the system and within two business days you will generally be assigned a tracking number. This tracking number can be used to track the status of your application. All rights-of-way currently in progress have tracking numbers. Click here to enter the tracking number and find the status of the application.
The following are examples of documents used for prospecting and exploration. These documents are for informational purposes only. The Department of Trust Lands will complete the final documents during the easement process.
Planning and preconstruction survey permit applications are on the right-of-way application page. Click here to go to the on-line application form for Planning and Preconstruction Survey Permit application form.
This is a long term permit (5 years) issued to surveying and engineering firms who need access to trust lands to conduct metes-and-bounds, centerline and cadastral land surveys, ocular reconnaissance cultural resource surveys, and wetland delineations in the normal course of business for clients. This gives access to trust lands in general after a client has applied for a right-of-way on or across trust land(s). Applications for this permit can be submitted here.
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