When to apply for permits?
The Secretary of State has the authority to issue Presidential Permits for cross-border liquid, to include water, pipelines and other cross-border infrastructure. The Department's legal authority to issue Presidential permits for land border crossings, international bridges, pipelines and certain other trans-boundary facilities is found in Executive Order 11423, dated August 16, 1968 .
- Preparation of records and reports concerning real property
- Working with land owners, cities, counties, and other governmental agencies concerning matters on land boundaries, metes and bounds descriptions, and deed of records pertaining to lands acquired for U.S. Section Projects along the United States/Mexico Border
- Appropriate Historic Preservation Officer(s), to find out if you need a cultural resources survey of the area.
- U.S. Department of Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, to determine the impact of the project on threatened and endangered species, both animal and plant life.
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to determine the effects of the proposed project on the waters of the U.S., (wetlands, streams, and rivers) in the area. (International Border and Water Commission n.d.).
 U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Rights of way, 2011. Available from http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/energy/cost_recovery_regulations.html [10 April 2015]
 U.S. Department of State, Applying for Presidential Permits for Border Crossing Facilities (Mexico) n.d.. Available from: http://www.state.gov/p/wha/rls/fs/2012/187529.htm. [ 2 April 2015]