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BLM Issues Notice to Proceed

Major milestone BLM-initiated action Bidder/leasee-initiated action Due diligence Assignments Bonding Applicable fees Finalize plan of development Conduct NEPA evaluation (if not conducted prior to leasing) Cost recovery Rental payment Issue ROW lease Reject bids (if applicable) Bidding Variable offsets Notice of competitive offer Call for nominations(if applicable) Select and prepare parcels Initiate Competitive Process BLM ConductsCompetitive Offer BLM Selects Successful Bidder Terms and Conditions for Leases BLM Issues Notice to Proceed Procedures for Issuing Solar Energy ROW Leases Competitively
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When a lessee holds a lease authorization and has complied with all of the terms and conditions for the lease, the BLM can issue a Notice to Proceed or written approval to proceed with groundbreaking activities. If the lease contains a Notice to Proceed requirement, construction, operation, maintenance, or termination may not be initiated until BLM issues a Notice to Proceed.