Idaho State Land Access Permits (3-ID-b)
The Idaho Department of Lands regulates state land access for energy projects pursuant to Idaho Code §§ 47-1601–47-1611 and Idaho – Idaho Code §§ 58-601–58-604, Rights of Way Over State Lands.
State Land Access Permits Process
3-ID-b.1 to 3-ID-b.2 - Does the Activity Involve Construction, Drilling, or Invasive Exploration Related to Geothermal Rights Under State Land?
All land access issues (except non-invasive exploration) related to geothermal rights under state land will be covered by a Geothermal Lease issued by the Idaho Department of Lands. This includes drilling, invasive exploration, construction of facilities, construction of roads, pipelines, and utilities; in addition to access and right of way issues.
The Idaho Department of Lands uses a phased lease process that covers all the stages of a project.
3-ID-b.3 to 3-ID-b.4 - Does the Activity Involve Exploration with No or Low Surface Disturbance?
Non-invasive geophysical exploration requires a Land Use Permit for activities on state lands.
3-ID-b.5 to 3-ID-b.7 - Is the Activity for Access or a Right of Way Across State Lands?
The developer may need a Term Easement for electric lines over or upon any land owned or controlled by the state of Idaho. Idaho Code § 58-603.
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