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What's the story with working with the BLM and OHV parks? Do you work with the local office I assume? What do they charge typically? Any weird requirements or permit process anyone wants to share experiences about?
 

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You need to get an idea of how the agency you want to work with is structured, some OHV parks are administered by the BLM, others are under state or county jurisdiction.

If it is BLM, or if you are looking at roads through BLM land that are not in OHV park designations- I'd start with the district office recreation department.
They will usually be able to tell you just what the situation is with the roads you want to use, who has permit authority and what law enforcement jurisdictions you are looking at and should be able to tell you if there are any immediate obstacles to your plan.

If your event is deemed to need a special use permit, that is a matter of filling out the application paperwork, submitting it at least 180 days before your event, along with a fee of about $100 and then checking in every couple of weeks for the next 6 months in case there are any hang-ups and to keep it from getting buried and forgotten on someone's desk.

In my experience it helps if you have a draft of your safety and operations plan, stage or event schedule, route book, maps and service area plan(s) attached with your permit application, as there is a good chance they will be asking for these along the way.

They will also be asking how many people you expect for support and spectating, I'm expect spectating areas may have new extra stipulations after the tragedy in the Mohave a couple months ago

There are countless situations that can cost you extra money, time, or even deny your permit- these would include but not be limited to;
-Environmental Impact assessments
-Conflicts with other users or adjacent landowners
-County or other road agency permit requirements or bonding
-Native American cultural heritage sites
-Endangered species protections, animal migration habits, etc.

And of course they will have the usually expected stipulations with regards to on site sanitation, fire control, and emergency medical response plan.

If it is in fact all on a BLM administered OHV park, things should be quite a bit easier on most of those accounts, but they still will want the safety and fire stuff covered, and they may have some restoration bond or cost recovery fees to hit you with so they don't have to worry about you damaging the road.
 

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How is the requirement for a local state registration sticker and SAE approved spark arrestor dealt with for BLM events?
 

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Grant....nothing is part of that at all since BLM does not deal with technical aspects of a car but with the environmental portion which is some BLM offices want a shovel in the car for grass fires or certain size of tires for off-road events due to tearing up the land in the sandwashes. Or washing off the cars so that certain invading plant species do not come from a certain area to their BLM protected areas.
 
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