The Arizona State Land Department manages state land that is held in trust for the benefit of public schools and prisons. Though the land belongs to the state, it is not public land. The State Land Department has a number of divisions to manage the trust land, including divisions devoted to natural resources (including programs for minerals, water, energy, and agricultural leasing), real estate, administration, information systems, and a board of appeals.
Laws and Regulations
The statutes related to state land are mainly located in Title 37 of the Arizona Revised Statutes and the regulations are in Title 12 of the Arizona Administrative Code.
All land sales and commercial leases are required to be approved by the Board of Appeals, which also serves as an Administrative Review Board. Final decisions of the State Land Commissioner relating to appraisals and classifications for applicants and lesses may be appealed to the Board of Appeals. The Board is composed of five board members selected by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate for six-year terms. The Board does not make their decision available to the public online.
Decisions of the State Land Department may be appealed to the Office of Administrative Hearings, which does make its decisions available online.