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Iowa Bulk Transmission Land Access(3-IA)

In Iowa, a bulk transmission developer may need a State Land Right-of-Way Permit from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to place or build any structure or alter the characteristics of public land. A developer may also need a Utility Permit from Iowa Department of Transportation to construct utility lines in a state highway right-of-way. I.C. § 318.8.

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Determine Which State and Federal Permits Apply

Use this overview flowchart and following steps to learn which federal and state permits apply to your projects.


Permitting at a Glance

Iowa Federal

State Land Right-of-Way: Any person may need a State Land Right-of-Way Permit to place or build any structure or alter the characteristics of public land. I.A.C. § 571.13.
State Land Right-of-Way Agency: Iowa Department of Natural Resources
State Highway Right-of-Way: Utilities may need a Utility Accommodation Permit before placing utility facilities “…in, on, above or below the primary highway right-of-way, attaching utility facilities to a primary highway structure, or adjusting existing utility facilities occupying the right-of-way.” I.A.C. § 761.115.4.
State Highway Right-of-Way Agency: Iowa Department of Transportation
Eminent Domain: The Iowa Utilities Board may grant eminent domain power to any person, company or corporation that has a Franchise Permit for transmission line projects. I.C. § 478.15.