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Right of Way Article: Permit Lite

Permit LITE.JPGBy: Tony Pollack, SR/WA, PLS

A federal lands official once told me, "Thank you for your permit.  I've got 280 projects in the queue.  It's nothing personal but it will take a couple years before I can get to it."

This kind of response in not unusual.  Agency permitting staffs are routinely overwhelmed, especially at the federal level.  The ability to move forward with your high priority project can frequently depend on whether you're able to get through to the one person tasked with the permitting process.  And when an agency staffer leave, it may take up to eight months to fill the position because of budget freezes or lengthy political processes.

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