"Special Use Authorization" - Virginia

Special Use Authorization is a legal document that was released by the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources - a government authority operating within Virginia.

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COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE RESOURCES
SPECIAL USE AUTHORIZATION
This application should be submitted a minimum of 30 days prior to the date
requested. This application should be submitted no more than a maximum of 60
days prior to the date requested.
Pursuant to 4 VAC 15-40-280 and 4 VAC 15-20-200.
Department-owned or controlled lands
Note: There is a non-refundable annual application fee for Special Use Authorizations for boat
ramps (which include landings and associated parking areas) as follows:
________Non-Profit/Public Use: $10.00
_______Private/Commercial Use: $50.00
Property Requested: _______________________________
(Hereinafter referred to as “premises”)
County, City or Township: ___________________________________________
Body of Water if applicable: __________________________________________
Date(s) Requested: From ____________________ To_____________________
______________________________________________________________ __
Individual Filing Application: _____________________________
(Hereinafter referred to as ”Permittee”)
Organization Represented:___________________________________________
Address:
_____________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________
Telephone:
(H)________________________(W) ________________________
Email Address: ___________________________________________________
# of people involved in activity or event ____________________
______________________________________________________________ __
Permission is hereby requested to hold the following event/conduct the following activities:
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________on the above referenced date(s).
The exercise of any privilege granted in this authorization constitutes acceptance of all the
conditions of this authorization.
Applicants may also need an Access Permit for all participants. See Authorization Conditions on
the next page.
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COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE RESOURCES
SPECIAL USE AUTHORIZATION
This application should be submitted a minimum of 30 days prior to the date
requested. This application should be submitted no more than a maximum of 60
days prior to the date requested.
Pursuant to 4 VAC 15-40-280 and 4 VAC 15-20-200.
Department-owned or controlled lands
Note: There is a non-refundable annual application fee for Special Use Authorizations for boat
ramps (which include landings and associated parking areas) as follows:
________Non-Profit/Public Use: $10.00
_______Private/Commercial Use: $50.00
Property Requested: _______________________________
(Hereinafter referred to as “premises”)
County, City or Township: ___________________________________________
Body of Water if applicable: __________________________________________
Date(s) Requested: From ____________________ To_____________________
______________________________________________________________ __
Individual Filing Application: _____________________________
(Hereinafter referred to as ”Permittee”)
Organization Represented:___________________________________________
Address:
_____________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________
Telephone:
(H)________________________(W) ________________________
Email Address: ___________________________________________________
# of people involved in activity or event ____________________
______________________________________________________________ __
Permission is hereby requested to hold the following event/conduct the following activities:
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________on the above referenced date(s).
The exercise of any privilege granted in this authorization constitutes acceptance of all the
conditions of this authorization.
Applicants may also need an Access Permit for all participants. See Authorization Conditions on
the next page.
Revised 10/13/2020
I.
PURPOSE
Any person who is attempting to utilize Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (VDWR) lands and/or
facilities to include wildlife management areas (WMAs), Department owned public lakes and boat ramps
(to include boat landings and associated parking lots) for any purposes other than those originally intended
for those lands and/or facilities must first obtain a Special Use Authorization from the Department.
Original intended uses for wildlife management areas would include hunting, fishing, shooting, and/or
observing wildlife in its natural habitat. Original intended uses for Department owned public lakes would
include fishing, recreational boating and/or observing wildlife in its natural habitat. Original intended uses
for boat ramps, boat landings and associated parking lots would include fishing, the launching of boats for
recreational purposes and the temporary parking of vehicles used to launch those specific boats for
recreational purposes. Any commercial use of any VDWR lands and facilities would require a Special
Use Authorization. In addition, any use of any VDWR lands and/or facilities by organized groups of more
than twelve (12) persons (even if using the land or facility for an originally intended use) must also first
obtain a Special Use Authorization from the Department.
II.
FEES
While there are no fees associated with Special Use Authorizations for wildlife management areas and
Department owned lakes, pursuant to 4 VAC 15-20-200 of the Virginia Administrative Code, Special Use
Authorizations for boat ramps (to include boat landings and associated parking lots) incur fees as follows:
Boat Ramp Special Use Authorization applications for Nonprofit Public Use must be accompanied by an
annual payment of $10.00 and applications for Private/Commercial Use must be accompanied by an
annual payment of $50.00. These payments would be paid to the Permits Unit prior to issuance of any
Special Use Authorization.
III.
AUTHORIZATION CONDITIONS:
A. This authorization does NOT waive the requirement for the individuals to obtain access permits or a
group access permit. Those persons 17 and older who do not possess a valid hunting/fishing license
or have a current boat registration, are required to obtain access permits to access Department lands
and lakes. Access permits are obtained through DWR Customer Service at 1-866-721-6911 or on-line
at https://www.gooutdoorsvirginia.com, Select Hunting/Fishing Licenses and Permits.
This
application should be submitted a minimum of 30 days prior to the date requested. This application
should NOT be submitted more than a maximum of 60 days prior to the date requested.
B. The authorized user shall maintain the improvements and premises to standards of repair, orderliness,
neatness, sanitation, and safety acceptable to the Local Conservation Police Officer and Regional
Lands and Access Manager named on this form.
C. Please note that DWR Public Boat Landings may be unavailable for large tournament type activities
during certain holiday weekends (i.e. Memorial Day, 4
th
of July etc.)
D. This authorization is subject to all valid claims.
E. The authorized user, in exercising the privileges granted by this authorization, shall comply with the
regulations of the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources, State, County and Municipal laws,
ordinances and/or regulations which are applicable to the area or operations covered by this
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authorization. This authorization is to provide the user as authorization to use the premises for the
activities described, and in no way does this absolve the authorized user of any requirement to obtain
local, state, or federal permits or licenses relating the conduct of the activities of the authorized user.
F. Vending or other operations of any kind or nature in connection with the event for which the
authorization is requested shall not be conducted on Department property without the express written
consent by the Department of Wildlife Resources.
G. The authorized user shall exercise diligence in protecting from damage the land and property of the
Commonwealth of Virginia covered by and used in connection with this authorization, and shall pay
the Commonwealth of Virginia for any damage resulting from negligence or from the violation of the
terms of this authorization or of any law or regulation applicable to the State lands by the user or by
any agent or employees of the authorized user acting within the scope of their agency or employment.
H. The authorized user agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Commonwealth of Virginia,
Department of Wildlife Resources from all risks or claims for damage of every kind, whether relating
to property or person.
I. Upon abandonment, termination, revocation, or cancellation of this authorization, the authorized user
shall remove, at the conclusion of the event, all structures and improvements except those owned by
the Commonwealth of Virginia, and shall restore the site, unless otherwise agreed upon in writing or
in this authorization. The authorized user has an additional 24 hours to remove all such structures or
improvements or they become the property of the Commonwealth of Virginia. All costs involved in
the removal of such structures and improvements, and the restoration of the site, are the liability of the
authorized user.
J. This authorization is not transferable.
K. In case of change of address, the authorized user shall notify immediately the Department of Wildlife
Resources in writing.
L. The authorized user agrees to allow the sporting public normal use of these facilities while the event
is in progress. Furthermore, all written publicity for the event(s) shall include notice(s) to the general
public that the facilities will remain available for their normal uses during the event(s).
M. This authorization may be terminated upon breach of any of the conditions herein or at the discretion
of the Department of Wildlife Resources.
N. This authorization shall have no force or affect until the authorized user has signified acceptance of
its provisions and conditions by signing and returning to the Department of Wildlife Resources.
O. This authorization expires and is subject to renewal on or by __________.
P. The authorized user shall clean the area, removing litter and debris deposited on the premises as a
result of the proposed activities, and dispose of them properly.
Q. Any valid problems, complaints, conflicts or violations directly related to this event shall be cause
for denial and non-approval of any future applications or requests.
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R. Additional terms and conditions may apply, but may only be in effect when such additional terms
and conditions are enumerated on an attached Special Use Authorization Addendum.
S. This authorization is accepted subject to the conditions set out above.
A copy of the approved authorization will be returned to the authorized user once reviewed and authorized
by the Director of the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources or the designee. If denied, a letter of
explanation will be mailed to the applicant.
By my signature below, I hereby certify that all entries made on this application are true and
complete, and I agree and understand that any falsification of information herein, regardless of time of
discovery, may result in denial or revocation of my authorization. In addition, I agree to all conditions
carried by this authorization.
REQUESTED BY:
Signature: ______________________________ Date:
Title:
PERMIT AUTHORIZED BY:
Signature: ______________________________ Date:
Title:
Copies:
Conservation Police Officer: _________________________________________
Regional Lands and Access Manager: _______________________________
RETURN TO
Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources
Permits Unit
P. O. Box 3337
Henrico, VA 23228-3337
Shirl Dressler
Phone: 804-367-6913/Email:
shirl.dressler@dwr.virginia.gov
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SPECIAL USE AUTHORIZATION ADDENDUM
(List individual terms and conditions here.)
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