USFS Permit Renewal FAQ

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Q: I have a temporary permit to offer avalanche courses this winter. Can I renew the permit when it expires at the end of the season?

A: Forest Service temporary permits are issued for a maximum of 180 days. When the permit term ends, the permit automatically expires. Temporary permits cannot be renewed but it is possible to reapply for the same permit again in the future.

Q: My company has held a priority use permit for four years to offer rock climbing programs and mountaineering trips. The permit is set to expire in one year. Can I renew the permit or do I need to apply for a new permit?

A: A priority use permit can be renewed as long as the use is consistent with the applicable land management plan, applicable laws and regulations, and the terms and conditions of the permit. The holder must also have a track record of satisfactory performance as demonstrated by acceptable annual performance reviews.

Q: Great! I would like to renew the priority use permit. What do I need to do?

A: You must submit a request to renew the permit at least 6 months before the permit expires. Don’t miss the deadline! If you do, the permit will expire and you may have to re-submit a new application.

Q: I submitted a request to renew my priority use permit before the 6-month deadline. However, the Forest Service was unable to complete the renewal before the permit expired. The expiration date has passed but the Forest Service told me I can keep operating. Is this really okay?

A:  Yes. There is a law at 5 U.S.C. 558(c)(2) that states, “When the licensee has made timely and sufficient application for a renewal in accordance with agency rules, a license with reference to an activity of a continuing nature does not expire until the application has been finally determined by the agency.” You can continue operating under your current permit until the renewal is complete.

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