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Permitting & Land Leasing


Contractors, utility companies, surveyors, and even ice climbers require access to Alaska Railroad (ARRC) Property for many purposes. Any entry, occupancy, activity, or use (collectively referred to as “use”) of ARRC property must be authorized and requires a permit. Several different types of permits are issued based on the location and type of use:

  • Ice Climbing or Wind Surfing Permits
  • Entry Permit
  • Temporary Construction Permit (TCP)
  • Special Land Use Permit
  • Utility Permit
  • Roadway Permits
  • Residential Right-of-Way Use Permit
  • Corridor Permit
  • Terminal Use Permit
  • Concession Permit
  • Industry Track Permits
  • Floating Track or Track Use Permits
  • Blanket Permit
    • Right-of-Way Use Permit
    • Roadway/Trail
    • Crossing
    • Utility
    • Land Use


NON Right-of-Way Permits

For information and permit applications associated with use not within the Right-of-Way, please contact the Real Estate Department at (907) 265-2465.

Right-of-Way Permits

The safe and efficient operation of the railroad has always required that an exclusive “safety zone” be maintained around the tracks. One function of the ARRC Right-of-Way or ROW, which is typically 200′ wide and centered on the tracks, is to provide such a safety zone. The ARRC has the right to exclusive use of the ROW for transportation, communication, and transmission purposes.

ARRC may, at its sole discretion, issue a permit for the crossing or use of the ROW where it is reasonable, necessary, does not affect the safe operation of trains or create any other safety hazard, and allows for future ARRC use and development.

No activity may take place within ARRC ROW until a permit is fully executed.

The cost of application review, construction observation and/or flag protection, and long-term use is the responsibility of the applicant and may be covered by the application, permit, and flagging fees or by a reimbursable services agreement. For additional information and permit applications, please see the ROW Permitting Page.

If you have any questions regarding ROW permits, please contact the ROW Permits Administrator at or (907) 265-2347.


NEW! Permitting Open Houses - February 24 (Anchorage) and March 4 (Fairbanks)

The public is invited to one of two early evening events to learn more about the new and improved permitting process and procedures for working in the Alaska Railroad's right-of-way (ROW). 

  • ANCHORAGE PERMITTING OPEN HOUSE: 4:00 - 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 24, 2015, at the Anchorage Historic Depot, 411 W. 1st Avenue 
  • FAIRBANKS PERMITTING OPEN HOUSE: 4:00 - 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at the Fairbanks Railroad Depot, 1745 Johansen Expressway. 

Free parking and snacks at both events. Stop by anytime between 4:00 and 7:00 p.m.  Short presentations about the permitting process will occur at 5:00 p.m., repeating at 6:00 p.m.  Plenty of railroad folks will be on-hand to discuss the changes and answer your questions. 

Event Flyer to share with colleagues and neighbors 


Residential Right-of-Way Use Permit

In 2013 the Alaska Railroad (ARRC) Board of Directors established a new policy to guide residential use (gardens, yards, sheds, storage, etc.) of the railroad right-of-way (ROW).  The ARRC Residential ROW Use Policy (RRUP) set up a permit process for existing uses and structures in the ROW provided they do not pose a safety hazard or interfere with ARRC operations or use of the ROW.  The deadline to apply for a permit to continue existing residential use of the ROW was August 15, 2014. For more information, go to the Residential ROW Use Permit page. 


Ice Climbing & Wind Surfing Permits

People interested in obtaining a permit to access ice climbing or wind surfing areas (primarily along Turnagain Arm) can do so  at the Alaska Railroad Police & Security Department located at 320 West First Avenue in Anchorage. Permit hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 


Lease Policy

LEASE HANDBOOKAn overview of Alaska Railroad Corporation's Land Reserves and Leasing Policies.

Table of Contents

 LEASE POLICY (amended June 7, 2012)

LEASE APPLICATION PACKET Application Includes: Lease Application Procedures, Lease Application, Credit Application and Environmental Questionaires(See Lease Handbook for Lease Process & Timeline)