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Washington State Land Right-of-Way Overview (3-WA-b(1))

In Washington, a hydropower developer may need to obtain the appropriate permit, lease, or right-of-way to access State lands. The Washington Department of Natural Resources issues permits, leases, and right-of-ways for State-owned aquatic, forest, and other lands.


State Land Right-of-Way Overview Process

3-WA-b.1 to 3-WA-b.2 – Does the Developer Need to Lease State Lands?

In Washington, a hydropower developer may need to obtain lease from the Washington Department of Natural Resources to develop a project on State-owned lands. For more information, see:

State Land Lease:
3-WA-d

3-WA-b.3 to 3-WA-b.4 – Does the Developer Need Access to State-Owned Aquatic Lands?

In Washington, a hydropower developer may need to obtain an Aquatic Use Authorization/Aquatic Lands Lease from the Washington Department of Natural Resources for proposed project activities that take place on state-owned aquatic lands. Washington Governor’s Office for Regulatory Innovation and Assistance – Aquatic Use Authorization; W.A.C. §332-30-122(1); R.C.W. §79.105.110. Washington has approximately 1,300 miles of state–owned tidelands, 6,700 acres of harbor areas, and 2,000 square miles of marine beds in submerged lands. W.A.C. §332-30-100. For more information, see:

Aquatic Use Authorization:
3-WA-f

3-WA-b.5 to 3-WA-b.6 - Does the Developer Need Access to Private or State Forest Land?

In Washington, a hydropower developer may need to obtain a Forest Practices Permit from the Washington Department of Natural Resources to construct access roads or transmission line right-of-ways on private and State forest land. For more information, see:

Forest Practices Permit:
3-WA-g

3-WA-b.7 to 3-WA-b.9 – Does the Developer Need a Right-of-Way Across State Lands?

In Washington, a hydropower developer my need access across State lands. Any developer seeking a right-of-way across State lands must obtain approval from the Washington Department of Natural Resources. For more information, see:

State Land Right-of-Way:
3-WA-e


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