They are unlocked at experience level 25.
Unlike other expansion items, permits cannot be bought or sold.
Permits can be obtained when players:
- Spin the Wheel of Fortune
- Reach flag checkpoints in derbies
- Find them in Huge Boxes or in some of the Holiday Calendar Boxes on Greg's farm
- Earn them during Special Boat Events
- Buy them in Valley Shop
- Complete checkpoints on either free or paid Farm Pass
At their first appearance, they could also be obtained when a player:
...but these possibilities were removed in a subsequent update. Subsequently, they were added back to "huge" mystery boxes, but not to "regular" or "large" mystery boxes.
Once players have the number of permits needed to unlock all areas, they will not get any more permits (unless and until new plots requiring permits are added in subsequent updates).
The original land that needed these Expansion Permits only requires a total of 59 permits in order to unlock all 9 plots. As stated above, once the player received enough to open all 9 plots they would stop receiving any further permits. 14 new plots requiring a total of 169 Expansion Permits have been added to the December 2018 update, increasing the limit for expansion permits; players who had opened all the previous spaces once more became able to obtain permits after the update patch applied. The October 2019 update added 24 new plots which contained 12 decorations. Permits are used to unlock a total of 47 special expansion areas located across the road. Each plot of land requires anywhere from 1 to 15 permits to be unlocked, as well as the usual expansion items (land deeds, mallets and marker stakes). A total of 228 Expansion Permits are needed to unlock the 23 initial special expansion areas. An additional 169 Expansion Permits are needed to unlock the 24 plots that came as part of the December 2018 update.
- You can see how many permits you have by tapping on a locked area that has access to a nearby road.