lessee or licensee who wishes to surrender his lease or license in whole or in
part must submit a request to the department for approval. Also upon request, 2
or more leases or licenses may be combined when held by the same lessee or
licensee. The request from the lessee or licensee must be in writing and if
approved, the leases or licenses will be combined with the lease or license
which expires first so that no lease or license shall run longer than its
prescribed term. The department may combine leases or licenses at renewal when
such action is in the best interest of the state.