DAR File No. 42677

This rule was published in the April 1, 2018, issue (Vol. 2018, No. 7) of the Utah State Bulletin.

School and Institutional Trust Lands, Administration

Rule R850-50

Range Management

Notice of Proposed Rule


DAR File No.: 42677
Filed: 03/13/2018 01:59:53 PM


Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:

The purpose for the amendments to this rule is to bring consistency to the rule and to make clarifications in the rule to make it consistent with the grazing permit used by the agency.

Summary of the rule or change:

The amendment to Subsection R850-50-400(2)(a) is to clarify that if the agency determines there is a valid reason for a formerly permitted property to not be available for grazing purposes, the agency is not required to post the property on the agency's website by January 1 of the year in which the permit will terminate or the year following. Amendments to Subsection R850-50-600(2) provide clarity to the rule to make it consistent with the language in the agency's standard grazing permit. Other technical changes have been made to bring consistency of terms throughout this rule.

Statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:

  • Subsection 53C-1-302(1)(a)(ii)
  • Subsection 53C-2-201(1)(a)
  • Section 53C-5-102

Anticipated cost or savings to:

the state budget:

There will be no costs or savings to the state budget as a result of these amendments as they don't affect any monetary considerations.

local governments:

It is not anticipated that there will be any cost or savings to local governments as there are no monetary considerations affected by these amendments.

small businesses:

It is not anticipated that there will be any cost or savings to small businesses as there are no monetary considerations affected by these amendments.

persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:

It is not anticipated that there will be any cost or savings to persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local government entities as there are no monetary considerations affected by these amendments.

Compliance costs for affected persons:

There are no costs for affected persons as a result of these amendments as they are not monetary in nature.

Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:

Although the agency performed a comprehensive rewrite of its grazing rules two years ago, a discrepancy in the language of our grazing permits and our rules was recently identified. These proposed changes to this rule will provide the necessary consistency we intended. The balance of the changes are largely technical in scope. These changes will ensure the agency's ability to manage trust lands in the best interest of our beneficiaries and will not have any fiscal impact on businesses.

David Ure, Director

The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Office of Administrative Rules, or at:

School and Institutional Trust Lands
AdministrationRoom 500
675 E 500 S
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84102-2818

Direct questions regarding this rule to:

  • Kim Christy at the above address, by phone at 801-538-5183, by FAX at 801-355-0922, or by Internet E-mail at [email protected]

Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:


This rule may become effective on:


Authorized by:

David Ure, Director


Subsection 53C-1-201(3)(c) exempts the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration from the requirement to conduct a thorough analysis, consistent with the criteria established by the Governor's Office of Management and Budget, of the fiscal impact a rule may have on businesses, as required in Subsection 63G-3-301(5).



R850. School and Institutional Trust Lands, Administration.

R850-50. Range Management.

R850-50-400. Permit Approval Process.

1. On trust lands that are unpermitted and which are available for grazing, applications may be solicited through any method the agency determines appropriate, including notification of adjacent landowners and other permittees in an allotment.

2. On trust lands subject to an expiring grazing permit, competing applications shall be accepted from April 1 to April 30, or the next working day if either of these days is a weekend or holiday, of the year in which the permit terminates.

(a) All expiring and [canceled]terminated grazing permits shall be posted on the agency's website by January 1 of the year in which the permit expires or the year after the permit was [canceled]terminated, provided that the permitted property has been determined to be available for grazing by the agency. The website notice shall include any reimbursable investment made by an existing permittee on a range improvement. Notice that expiring grazing permits may be found on the agency's website may also be published.

(b) Grazing permits issued on trust lands acquired through an exchange with the federal government (after the expiration of the federal permit) shall not be subject to the provisions of this rule for two successive 15-year terms unless the permit has been sold or otherwise terminated.

3. A person holding an expiring grazing permit shall have the right to renew the permit, provided that no competing applications are received, by submitting a completed application along with the first year's rent and other applicable fees.

4. Persons desiring to submit a competing application must do so on forms acceptable to the agency. Forms are available at the offices listed in R850-6-200(2)(b) or from the agency's website. Applications must include:

(a) a non-refundable application fee;

(b) a one-time bonus bid; and

(c) an amount determined by the agency pursuant to R850-50-1100(7), which will be required to reimburse the holder of an authorized range improvement project should the competing application be accepted.

5. Bonus bids and range improvement reimbursements shall be refunded to unsuccessful applicants. Upon establishment of the yearly rental rate, the successful applicant shall be required to submit the first year's rental and other required fees.

6. Applications shall be evaluated by the agency and may be accepted only if the agency determines that the applicant's grazing activity will not create unmanageable problems of trespass, range and resource management, or access.

(a) For purposes of this evaluation, adjoining permittees and lessees, adjoining property owners, and adjoining federal permittees may be considered acceptable as competing applicants unless specific problems are demonstrated.

(b) Applicants not meeting the requirements in (a) above, whose uses would not unreasonably conflict with the uses of other permittees in the area, may nevertheless be accepted if the size of the grazing area, the access to the grazing area, and other factors demonstrate that the applicant is able to utilize the area without adverse impact on the range resources, adjoining lands, or beneficiaries of affected trust lands.

(c) For purposes of evaluating an applicant's acceptability as a grazing permittee, the agency may consider:

(i) the applicant's ability to maintain any water rights appurtenant to the lands described in the application;

(ii) the applicant's ownership of private land in the area;

(iii) the applicant's ownership of grazing privileges in the BLM or Forest Service allotment where the trust land is located;

(iv) the type and number of livestock owned by the applicant; and

(v) management costs to the agency should the application be approved.

7. The holder of a permit which is expiring, on which a competing application has been received, shall have a preference right to permit the property provided he agrees to pay an amount equal to the highest bonus bid submitted by a competing applicant.

(a) In the event that the existing permittee fails to match the highest bonus bid, the permittee may be refunded the value of the amount the permittee contributed to the cost of any approved range improvement project at the expense of the successful bonus bid applicant.

(b) In the event that all, or a portion of, the property on which a bonus bid was submitted is sold, exchanged, or otherwise made unavailable, the permittee shall receive the refund of a prorated amount of the bonus bid based on the AUMs lost to the use of the permittee.


R850-50-500. AUM Assessments and Annual Adjustments.

1. An annual assessment shall be charged for each AUM authorized by the agency. This assessment shall be established by the board and shall be reviewed annually and adjusted if appropriate.

2. The annual assessment for lands designated as "High Value Grazing Lands" will be at a higher amount than trust lands not so designated. High Value Grazing Lands are typically, but not necessarily, contained in a named land block. Blocked or scattered lands may be designated as High Value Grazing Land through a Director's Finding.

3. In the event that the agency acquires High Value Grazing Lands through an exchange with the federal government, the application of the agency's annual assessment to the holders of grazing privileges on the acquired land shall be phased in over a five-year period in equal increments after the term of the federal permit has expired.

4. The application of the agency's annual assessment on lands acquired through an exchange with the federal government, and not designated as High Value Grazing Lands, shall be phased in over a three-year period in equal increments after the term of the federal permit has expired.

5. Failure to pay the annual assessment within the time prescribed shall automatically work a forfeiture and [cancellation]termination of the permit and all rights thereunder.


R850-50-600. Grazing Permit Terms.

1. Grazing permits shall be issued for a maximum of 15 years and shall contain the following:

(a) terms, conditions, and provisions that shall protect the interests of the trust beneficiaries with reference to securing the payment to the agency of all amounts owed;

(b) terms, conditions, and provisions that shall protect the range resources from improper and unauthorized grazing uses; and

(c) other terms, conditions, and provisions that may be deemed necessary by the agency or board in effecting the purpose of these rules and not inconsistent with any of its provisions.

2. The agency may [cancel]terminate or suspend grazing permits, in whole or in part, after 30 days' notice by certified mail to the permittee when:

(a) a violation of the terms of the permit, or of these rules, including trespass as defined in R850-50-1400, has occurred;

(b) [a lease or permit has been issued for the permitted property, the purpose of which the agency has determined to be a higher and better use]the agency, in its sole discretion, has identified a higher and better use for the permitted property;

(c) the agency [has disposed]intends to dispose of the permitted property; or

(d) any management problems arise as [defined in R850-50-400(6)]determined at the sole discretion of the agency.


R850-50-700. Reinstatements.

Trust land on which a grazing permit has been [cancelled]terminated and which is ineligible for reinstatement pursuant to R850-5-500(1)(c) may be advertised as available pursuant to R850-50-400(2). If the agency does not advertise the property, the person previously holding the permit may apply for a new permit by submitting an application and all applicable fees.


R850-50-1000. Assignment and Subleasing of Grazing Permits.

1. Permittee shall not assign, or sublease, in whole or in part, or otherwise transfer, dispose of, or encumber any interest in a permit without the written consent of the agency. To do so shall automatically, and without notice, work the forfeiture and [cancellation]termination of the permit.

2. The approval of a sublease shall be subject to the following restrictions:

(a) An annual assessment equal to 50% of the difference between the base AUM assessment established under R850-50-500, and the AUM payment received by the permittee through the sublease, multiplied by the number of AUMs subleased, or a $1.00 per AUM minimum assessment, whichever is greater, shall be charged for the approval of any sublease.

(b) Applications to sublease a grazing permit shall only be approved after a determination that the sub-lessee meets the requirements of R850-50-400(6).

(c) Sublease approvals are valid for a maximum period of five years.

3. The approval of an assignment shall be subject to the following restrictions:

(a) A determination that the assignee meets the requirements of R850-50-400(6).

(b) A payment, based on the number of AUMs transferred multiplied by $10.00, shall be paid to the agency prior to the approval of any assignment or partial assignment. Assignments made for no consideration in money, services, or goods, to include inter vivos or testamentary assignments made to immediate family members (parents, spouse, children, grandchildren, and full siblings) and assignments from and to business entities wholly owned by an immediate family member or members, may be exempt from this additional payment. In such cases, a minimum assignment fee as listed on the Master Fee Schedule shall be assessed.

(c) For purposes of this rule, a shareholder or member of a grazing association or cooperative shall be deemed a permittee and subject to the requirements of R850-50-1000(3)(a). In order to facilitate the enforcement of this rule, each grazing association or cooperative shall submit a list of all members to the agency annually prior to June 30. This list shall include each member's contact information and the number of AUMs allowed.

4. The agency's consent to allow a mortgage agreement or collateral assignment is for the convenience of the permittee.

5. The mortgage agreement or collateral assignment shall:

(a) not exceed the remaining term of the permit; and

(b) contain an acknowledgment by the lender that the grazing permit is [cancellable]terminable pursuant to R850-50-600(2) and R850-50-1000(1) and that the agency assumes no liability in providing such consent.


R850-50-1300. Rights Reserved to the Agency.

In all grazing permits, the agency shall expressly reserve the right to:

1. issue mineral leases, special use leases, timber sales, materials permits, easements, rights-of-entry, and any other interest in the trust land;

2. issue permits for the harvesting of seed from plants on the trust land. If loss of use occurs from harvesting activities, a credit for the amount of loss shall be made to the following year's assessment;

3. enter upon and inspect the trust land or to allow scientific studies upon trust land at any reasonable time;

4. allow the public the right to use the trust land for purposes and periods of time permitted by policy and rules. However, nothing in these rules purports to authorize trespass on private land to reach trust land;

5. require that all water rights on trust land be filed in the name of the agency and to require express written approval prior to the conveyance of water off trust land;

6. require a permittee, when an agency-owned water right is associated with the grazing permit, to ensure that the water right, to the extent allowed under the permit, is maintained in compliance with state law;

7. close roads for the purpose of range or road protection, or other administrative purposes;

8. dispose of the property without compensation to the permittee, subject to R850-50-1100(7); and

9. terminate [a]the grazing permit [in order to facilitate management pursuant to R850-50-200 or for higher and better uses of trust lands]pursuant to R850-50-600(2).


R850-50-1600. Modified Grazing Permit.

1. At the discretion of the director, the agency may issue modified grazing permits in instances where the proposed use is grazing related but is more intensive than livestock grazing alone and when improvements, if any, are primarily temporary in nature. Such uses may include camps, corrals, feed yards, irrigated livestock pastures, or other related uses.

2. Modified grazing permits shall be subject to the following terms and conditions:

(a) The term of a modified grazing permit shall be no longer than 15 years and contain terms, conditions, and provisions the agency, in its discretion, deems necessary to protect the interest of the trust beneficiaries.

(b) A modified grazing permit is subject to [cancellation]termination pursuant to R850-50-600(2).

(c) The annual rental for a modified grazing permit shall be based on the fair market value of the permitted property. Fair market value of the permitted property and annual rental rates shall be determined by the agency pursuant to R850-30-400. Periodic rental reviews may be completed pursuant to R850-30-400(5).

(d) Upon [cancellation]termination of the modified grazing permit, the permittee shall be allowed 90 days to remove any personal property.

(e) Prior to the issuance of a modified grazing permit, or for good cause shown at any time during the term of the modified grazing permit, the applicant or permittee may be required to post a bond with the agency in the form and amount as may be determined by the agency to assure compliance with all terms and conditions of the permit. Any bond posted pursuant to this rule is subject to R850-30-800(2) through (4).


KEY: administrative procedures, range management

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [January 21, 2016]May 8, 2018

Notice of Continuation: June 27, 2017

Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 53C-1-302(1)(a)(ii); 53C-2-201(1)(a); 53C-5-102

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For questions regarding the content or application of this rule, please contact Kim Christy at the above address, by phone at 801-538-5183, by FAX at 801-355-0922, or by Internet E-mail at [email protected].  For questions about the rulemaking process, please contact the Office of Administrative Rules.