Non-Sale Disposals of Mineral Material

To permit free use of certain mineral material from federally owned lands under the jurisdiction of the Bureau by governmental units and nonprofit organizations.

Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - See Catalog Appendix IV for addresses.

Program Accomplishments

This information is available in the Public Land Statistics Publication which can be found in most public libraries.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Free use permits are granted to governmental units without regard to number of permits or value of mineral material, provided the mineral material is for use on a public project.

Permits are granted to nonprofit organizations for mineral material not to exceed 5000 cubic yards during any period of twelve consecutive months.

All free-use mineral material must be extracted in accordance with approved conservation practices, terms, and conditions that provide for protection of environment and rehabilitation of any damage caused by mineral material extraction.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Any Federal or State agency, unit, or subdivision, including municipalities, where material will be used for public project; or any nonprofit association or corporation.

A free use permit will not be issued upon the determination that the applicant owns or control an adequate supply of suitable mineral materials that are readily available and can be mined in a manner which is economically and environmentally acceptable.

Mineral material obtained under a free use permit may not be bartered or sold.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Federal or State agencies, units, or subdivisions, including municipalities, where material will be used for public project; or any nonprofit association or corporation.


Evidence of eligibility, i.e., nonprofit status, delegation of authority for signing official to take such action, surety bond, etc.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program may require submission of an environmental impact statement and/or performance bond.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Submit application on Form 5510-1 to the proper Bureau of Land Management office.

Award Procedures

If mineral material is available, applicant is qualified and application does not conflict with other management practices or uses, application is approved and one copy of the executed form is returned to the applicant. Environmental analysis is accomplished and environmental impact statement is prepared if necessary.




Materials Act of 1947, Public Law 80-291, 30 U.S.C. 601-604, 611, as amended.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Varies. Term of permit not to exceed 10 years to any Federal or State agency, unit, or subdivision, including municipalities. Permits to nonprofit organizations are not to exceed 1 year.


Appeals may be made to the Board of Land Appeals, Office of Hearings and Appeals as specified in 43 CFR Part 4 et seq.


Any free use permits may be extended for a single additional period not to exceed 1 year.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Not applicable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Not applicable.

Post Assistance Requirements


Annual production report.


Must be available if requested to confirm production.



Financial Information

Account Identification



(Free-Use Permits Issued) Not separately identifiable.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

43 CFR 3620; 43 CFR Part 4.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Catalog Appendix IV for addresses.

Headquarters Office

Team Leader, Use Authorization Team, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior, Washington, DC 20240. Telephone: (202) 452-0350.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not applicable.

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