Relinquishment Act Leasing (RAL)
The surface owner of Relinquishment Act Lands acts as agent for the state for leasing purposes. Bonus, rentals, and royalties are split between the state and the surface owner. The GLO must review and approve the terms and consideration offered. The leases are not effective until approved and filed in the GLO.
- Guidelines for Relinquishment Act Leasing
- Application & Checklist for Relinquishment Act Leasing
- Relinquishment Act Lease Form
- Rules for Relinquishment Act Leasing (TAC)
Sealed Bid Sales
Certain Permanent School Fund Lands, such as rivers, bays, Gulf of Mexico, upland state fee tracts, and other agency lands, such as Texas Parks and Wildlife and Texas Department of Criminal Justice, require leasing through a sealed bid sale. Available tracts may be nominated by contacting the GLO. Sales are held periodically.
Resource Management Codes
Resource Management Codes are assigned to state-owned tracts in Texas bays and the Gulf of Mexico, providing development guidelines for activities within each tract. The codes enhance protection of sensitive natural resources by providing recommendations for minimizing adverse impacts from mineral exploration and development activities. These codes include recommendations from the following external resources: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Historical Commission, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps).Guidelines for Resource Management Codes
State Free Royalty NPRI
A state Free Royalty interest is similar to a non-participating royalty interest. An oil, gas, or other mineral lease on land in which the state reserves a mineral or royalty interest is not effective until a certified copy of the recorded lease is filed in the General Land Office. Any pooling or communitization of the state's Free Royalty interest requires School Land Board approval.
Highway Right-of-Way Leasing (HROW)
A (HROW) tract may be leased when the state owns the minerals located under the tract.
Unleased Highway Right-of-Way (Pooling)
An Unleased Highway Right-of-Way may be pooled pursuant to Section 32.207 of the Texas Natural Resources Code and with School Land Board approval (See Pooling).
Unleased Rivers (Pooling)
Riverbeds and channels that belong to the state may be pooled pursuant to Section 52.076 of the Texas Natural Resources Code and with School Land Board approval (See Pooling).