Frequently Asked Questions


What are your business hours?

Our main office at 675 East 500 South, Suite 500 in Salt Lake City is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding state and federal holidays. You may reach us by phone at 801-538-5100 during these same hours.

What are trust lands?

Trust lands are parcels of land throughout our state that were granted by Congress to Utah at the time of statehood. Trust lands were allocated specifically to generate revenue to support designated state institutions, including public schools, hospitals, teaching colleges, and universities. Learn more about trust lands.

Are trust lands public lands?

No. Although trust lands support select public institutions, trust lands are not public lands. Trust lands were allocated specifically to generate revenue to support designated state institutions, including public schools, hospitals, teaching colleges, and universities. While approximately 67% of Utah is open for public access and recreation, SITLA manages about 6% of the state’s acreage for its beneficiaries, which are primarily public schools.

How many acres of trust lands are in Utah?

SITLA manages 3.4 million surface and subsurface acres, and an additional 1.1 million acres of mineral estate for its beneficiaries.


Oil and Gas

How do I nominate lands for the competitive sale?

If there are trust lands you would like to see appear on a Competitive Offering, notify SITLA either by email to or by letter addressed to Mr. Bonner at 675 East 500 South, Suite 500, Salt Lake City, UT 84102. Your expression of interest should describe the lands by township-range-section and quarter-quarter description. SITLA will review your request and if the lands are available, they will be placed on the next available sale. Refer to the Competitive Offering Schedule Dates.

What do I need to do to get an approved Application for Permit to Drill (APD) on SITLA lands?

The Division of Oil, Gas and Mining (DOGM) requires that SITLA first approve an APD before it approves any APD on lands SITLA administers. SITLA requires the following:

1) A complete APD has been submitted to DOGM

2) All necessary resource reports have been sent to SITLA, and may include archaeology, paleontology, and wildlife.

3) Well pre-site inspection

SITLA then completes its review of the APD and sends approval to DOGM.

Does my proposed well location require a paleontological survey?

Well locations within the orange-shaded area on this map will require a paleontological survey.

How many copies do I need to send when submitting an assignment change?

SITLA requires two original assignments, one for SITLA records and one to be returned to assignee.

If the assignment is submitted in a blanket form, you must send a copy for each lease number listed plus one, two of which must be originals. Filing fees are per lease number, not per blanket assignment.

Property Planning and Development

How does trust land become categorized as development land?

The Development Group oversees approximately 1% of the lands managed by the Trust. When the Development Group identifies a land parcel with development potential, the director designates it as development land after reaching consensus among all agency managers.

How do I purchase, develop, lease or secure an easement on trust lands?

Contact SITLA with your transaction proposal. Please be prepared to identify the location of the land, including township, range, section, or specific street address. The Development Group periodically distributes Requests for Development Proposals (link to page) for specific parcels.

What does the Development Group do?

The Development Group applies real estate development, land planning, land conservation, legal, and finance disciplines in its management of trust land properties designated for development. We create value by working with the private sector, governmental agencies, and other interested parties on the tracts of land we manage. We capture this value by taking these lands into well structured, creative transactions with the private sector, always with an eye toward quality planning, preserving open space, and meeting larger community needs.

How may planners, engineers, attorneys, etc. work with SITLA?

All SITLA procurement bids are solicited using SciQuest. Registration on SciQuest is free and allows you to request e-mail notifications of newly-released solicitations in your field. For information about using SciQuest got to

For services that are anticipated to cost less than $50,000, the agency maintains a list of pre-qualified professionals from whom the agency may procure services, without going through the competitive process. Service providers interested in becoming pre-qualified vendors should submit a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ). SOQs are solicited annually via Bidsync, but are accepted at any time by emailing