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. The CPUC must find that the 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 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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