Permits and franchises

Find guidance, forms, tools, and other requirements to obtain utility permits and franchises for the occupancy of highway rights of way. Recipients include the persons, associations, private or municipal corporations, the U.S. Government, or any agency for the purpose of constructing and maintaining lines for water, gas, electricity, telephone, telecommunications, etc.

Washington State law, RCW 47.44 and WAC 468-34, grants WSDOT the authority to issue Utility Permits and Franchises for the occupancy of highway rights of way to the persons, associations, private or municipal corporations, the U.S. Government, or any agency for the purpose of constructing and maintaining lines for water, gas, electricity, telephone, telecommunications, etc.

To find the contact in your region, please see Utilities contacts.

Below you will find information and resources for utility permits and franchises. Please visit the Submitting a Utility Accommodation Application page for more information and guidelines.

Forms

Utility Accommodation Application (aka permit or franchise) 224-696 (PDF 1.7MB)
General Provisions for Utility Accommodation Application - 224-696GP (PDF 135KB)
Utility Facility Description (XLSX 529KB)
Blanket Bond for Permit Franchise (DOC 81KB)
Individual Bond for Permit Franchise (DOC 78KB)
Escrow Agreement (PDF 37KB)
Acceptance of Assignment - Transfer of ownership (PDF 30KB)
Utility Object Relocation Record (UORR) (XLS 26KB)
Category 4 Utility Installation (PDF 703KB)
Taxpayer Identification Certification (PDF 102KB)
Above Ground Utility Object Classification Form (XLS 27KB)

Region specific documents

South Central Region
JE notification (PDF 8KB)
Northwest Region
Traffic Control Plan Checklist (PDF 1.4MB)
Utility Accommodation (Permit/Franchise) checklist (PDF 3.4KB)
Southwest Region
Notification of Maintenance Operations (PDF 1MB)

Accommodation tools

Limited Access-Master Plan
Limited Access and Managed Access

TESC Requirements (Highway Runoff Manual Chapter 6)

Requirements

Depth Requirements - Underground Encroachments (PDF 1.6MB)
Casing Requirements - Utility Encasements (PDF 1.6MB)
Utility information for bridges and structures (PDF 1.6MB)
Aerial Vertical Clearance
Open Cuts and trenching (PDF 1.6MB)

Variances

Prior to filling out any variance form, contact your region's utility office.

Application for a New Connection to an Existing Shallow Depth Facility (DOCX 44KB)
Application for Combined Variance (DOCX 52KB)
Utility Object Relocation Record (UORR) (XLS 26KB)
Scenic Classification Variance Request Justification (DOC 166KB)
Control Zone Variance Request Justification (DOCX 287KB)
Limited Access Encroachment Variance Request Justification (DOCX 53KB)

Tools and other resources

Always check to ensure you are using the most current version of the Scenic Classification for Utility Accommodation on State Highway Right of Way (XLSX 205KB)

WSDOT Electronic Forms - Fillable Forms
WSDOT Engineering Publications - Manuals

Right of Way Plans Archive
Instructions (PDF 192KB)

Find the state route milepost for your project
State Route Web Tool (SRweb)
First time SRWeb user instructions

View WSDOT Geoportal spatial data including Functional Class, Interchange Drawings, City Limits and State Routes

Work Zone and Traffic Control resources
MUTCD
Utilities Manual Chapter 9 - Control Zone Guidelines
Work Zone Safety
Work Zone Traffic Control Plans Examples

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