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Tennessee Bulk Transmission Land Access(3-TN)

In Tennessee, a developer may need a State Land Right-of-Way or Land Lease from the agency with jurisdiction over the state land in question to access state lands. A developer may also need to execute a Utility Use and Occupancy Agreement with the Tennessee Department of Transportation for projects that encroach on a state highway right-of-way.

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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

Tennessee Federal

State Land Right-of-Way: Any person may need a State Land Right-of-Way or Land Lease for projects located in, on, or above state-owned real property.
State Land Right-of-Way Agency: State agency with jurisdiction
State Highway Right-of-Way: Any person may need a Utility Use and Occupancy Agreement to install, relocate, or expand a utility facility on a state highway right-of-way. Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 1680-6-1-.04.
State Highway Right-of-Way Agency: Tennessee Department of Transportation
Eminent Domain: Public utilities may take land by eminent domain for public utility purposes. Tenn. Code Ann. § 65-22-101 (1925).