Non-Sale Disposals of Mineral Material

To permit free use of certain mineral material from federally owned lands under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management 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 Regional Agency Offices.

See Catalog Appendix IV for addresses.

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: This information will be available in 2017 in the Public Lands Statistics Publication for FY2016, which can be found in most public libraries. Free Use Permits are being issued to States and local governments and non-profit organizations and corporations for sand and gravel, stone, soil, clay, and pumice. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available.

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.

Permittees must not barter or sell mineral materials, or remove mineral materials before BLM issues a permit or after the permit expires.

BLM may incorporate other conditions and restrictions into the free use permit.

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. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program may require submission of a performance bond.

An environmental analysis is required for this permit.

An environmental impact statement is required for this program.

An environmental impact assessment is required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Submit application on Form 3604-1a to identify eligibility and needs for materials to the proper Bureau of Land Management office. If eligible, BLM may require additional supporting information about the proposed operations. If the application is approved, BLM will issue Form 3604-1b Mineral Material Free Use Permit.

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.


Not Applicable.


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

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

The term of the permit varies but will not 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

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Not applicable. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Information not available.

Post Assistance Requirements


An annual production report is required as specified in the free use permit.

The permittee is required to perform reclamation of areas distributed by operations.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Performance monitoring is conducted by the BLM.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


Production documentation must be available if requested to confirm production.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-1109-0-1-302; 14-1109-0-1-000.


(Sale, Exchange, or Donation of Property and Goods) FY 16 $6,071,882; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not Applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

43 CFR 3620 and 43 CFR Part 4.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. See Catalog Appendix IV for addresses.

Headquarters Office

Director, Bureau of Land Management, Solid Minerals Division (WO-320), 1849 C St., N.W., Room 2134 LM,, Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Phone: (202) 912-7112

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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