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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.

Accommodations (Permits & Franchises)
Manuals, Tools and Resources
Introduction to the Permit and Franchise Application Process

Accommodation 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 (pdf 88 kb) 
Blanket Bond for Permit Franchise (doc 81 kb)
Individual Bond for Permit Franchise (doc 78 kb)
Escrow Agreement (pdf 37 kb)
Acceptance of Assignment - Transfer of ownership  (pdf 30 kb)
Utility Object Relocation Record (UORR) (xls, 26kb)
Category 4 Utility Installation (pdf, 703kb)
Taxpayer Identification Certification (pdf 102 kb)
JE notification (pdf 8 kb)  - South Central Region Only 
Above Ground Utility Object Classification Form (xls 27 kb)
Traffic Control Plan Checklist (pdf, 1.4mb) - Northwest Region Only
Notification of Maintenance Operations (pdf, 1mb) - Southwest Region Only

Accommodation Tools
Utility Facility Description (UFD) Checklist - Northwest Region (pdf 54 kb)
Limited Access-Master Plan (xls, 898kb)
Limited Access and Managed Access
TESC Requirements (Highway Runoff Manual Chapter 6)

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

Utility Object Relocation Record (UORR) (xls, 26kb)
Roadway Prism Open Trench (doc, 169kb)
Shallow Depth Installation (doc, 161kb)
Longitudinal Median Installation (doc, 159kb)
Scenic Classification (doc, 166kb)
Open Cut Pavement (doc, 167kb)
Control Zone Variance Request (pdf, 287kb)
Limited Access Encroachment (docx 53kb)

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Utilities, Railroad and Agreement Manager
Rhonda Wiest

Agreements and Utilities
Jeanne Doolin
Agreements and Utility Specialist

Railroad and Technical Support
Connie Raezer
Railroad Liaison and Agreements