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Issue ROW Lease

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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The successful bidder will receive a right‑of‑way (ROW) lease following the auction. The BLM will confirm that the plan of development aligns with the pre-approved parameters of the designated leasing area (DLA) parcel. For example, the BLM will ensure that the lessee is using the appropriate technology and avoiding exclusion areas, among other parameters. Permission to begin construction is subject to terms and conditions and is granted through a Notice to Proceed.