Permitting & Land Leasing


Contractors, utility companies, surveyors and others require access to railroad property for many purposes.  Any entry or construction activity on railroad property must be authorized and requires a permit.  Several types of permits are issued based on the specific use:

  • Entry Permit (for contractors, surveyors, environmental contractors, utility)
  • Floating Track or Track Use Permits
  • Industry Track Permits
  • Residential Right-of-Way Use Permit (RRUP)
  • Roadway and Road Crossing Permit
  • Special Land Use Permit (SLUP)
  • Temporary Construction Permit (TCP)
  • Terminal Use Contract (related to ARRC dock facilities) (TUP)
  • Utility Permit (electric, communication, gas, etc.)
  • Communication Tower Permit
  • Concession Permit

All permits are processed by the Alaska Railroad Real Estate Department. Appropriate application fees must accompany permit application forms in order to be processed. Additional information is available by contacting the Real Estate Department at (907) 265.2670. Also see department contact information on the main Real Estate Services page.


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

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

Table of Contents

 LEASE POLICY (amended June 7, 2012)

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