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Washington Geothermal Exploration Permitting(4-WA)

Developers must obtain a Land Use License from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (WSDNR) if they wish to conduct non-drilling geothermal exploration activities on state land. Developers will be required to negotiate the terms of the Land Use License with WSDNR. Generally, Land Use Licenses are for terms up to (but not to exceed) one year, revocable at will, and cost $250 to $500. WSDNR may issue a Special Use Lease if the developer will need to conduct exploration activities for longer than one year. Developers who seek to conduct drilling operations must obtain a Drilling Permit from WSDNR.

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Determine Which State and Federal Permits Apply

Use this overview flowchart and following steps to learn which federal and state permits apply to your projects.

Permitting at a Glance

Washington Federal

Pre-Drilling Exploration Permit Agency: Washington State Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Land Management, United States Forest Service
Pre-Drilling Exploration Permit: Land Use License Notice of Intent to Conduct Geothermal Resource Exploration Operations (Form 3200-009)
Drilling Exploration Permit Agency: Washington State Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Land Management
Drilling Exploration Permit: Drilling Permit Notice of Intent to Conduct Geothermal Resource Exploration Operations (Form 3200-009) (Temperature Gradient Well); Geothermal Drilling Permit (Form 3260-002) (All other drilling activities)

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