California Public Utilities Commission Permit Overview (8-CA-c)
Public Utilities Commission Permit Overview Process
8-CA-c.1 to 8-CA-c.2 – Is the Transmission Line 200 kV or More?
A developer that proposes to build a transmission line (200 kV or more) must obtain a CPCN from the CPUC. During the CPCN process the CPUC must find that the proposed project is necessary to promote the safety, health, comfort, and convenience of the public. Projects applying for a CPCN must also meet the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) or an equivalent state approved environmental review process.
The CPCN process is listed in:
8-CA-c.3 to 8-CA-c.5 – Is the Electric Power Line Facility or Substation Between 50 and 200 kV?
A developer proposing to construct an electric power line facility or substation that has an operation voltage between 50 kV and 200 kV must apply for a permit to construct from the CPUC. The permit to construct focuses primarily on the environmental impacts that the proposed project may create.
The permit to construct process is listed in:
If the proposed project is below 50 kV, the CPUC does not require any permits; however, the developer must first communicate with, and obtain the input of, local authorities regarding land use matters and obtain any non-discretionary local permits required for the construction and operation of the project.
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