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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 Agency: State agency with jurisdiction over the land.
State Land Right of Way Process: A developer must obtain a right-of-way easement or lease from the appropriate state agency if the proposed project will be located in, on, or above State-owned real property.
State Highway Right of Way Agency: Tennessee Department of Transportation
State Highway Right of Way Process: A developer of a utility facility must obtain a Tennessee Department of Transportation – Utility Use and Occupancy Agreement (Form 2015-01) from the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) to use or occupy a state highway right-of-way. Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 1680-6-1-.04.
Eminent Domain: Public utilities may take land by eminent domain for public utility purposes. Tenn. Code Ann. § 65-22-101 (1925).

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