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  67.1836.  Denial of an application for a right-of-way permit, when — revocation of a permit, when — bulk processing of permits allowed, when. — 1.  A political subdivision may deny an application for a right-of-way permit if:

  (1)  The public utility right-of-way user fails to provide all the necessary information requested by the political subdivision for managing the public right-of-way;

  (2)  The public utility right-of-way user has failed to return the public right-of-way to its previous condition under a previous permit;

  (3)  The political subdivision has provided the public utility right-of-way user with a reasonable, competitively neutral, and nondiscriminatory justification for requiring an alternative method for performing the work identified in the permit application or a reasonable alternative route that will result in neither additional installation expense up to ten percent to the public utility right-of-way user nor a declination of service quality;

  (4)  The political subdivision determines that denial is necessary to protect the public health and safety, provided that the authority of the political subdivision does not extend to those items under the jurisdiction of the public service commission, such denial shall not interfere with a public utility's right of eminent domain of private property, and such denials shall only be imposed on a competitively neutral and nondiscriminatory basis; or

  (5)  The area is environmentally sensitive as defined by state statute or federal law or is a historic district as defined by local ordinance.

  2.  A political subdivision may, after reasonable notice and an opportunity to cure, revoke a right-of-way permit granted to a public utility right-of-way user, with or without fee refund, and/or impose a penalty as established by the political subdivision until the breach is cured, but only in the event of a substantial breach of the terms and material conditions of the permit.  A substantial breach by a permittee includes but is not limited to:

  (1)  A material violation of a provision of the right-of-way permit;

  (2)  An evasion or attempt to evade any material provision of the right-of-way permit, or the perpetration or attempt to perpetrate any fraud or deceit upon the political subdivision or its citizens;

  (3)  A material misrepresentation of fact in the right-of-way permit application;

  (4)  A failure to complete work by the date specified in the right-of-way permit, unless a permit extension is obtained or unless the failure to complete the work is due to reasons beyond the permittee's control; and

  (5)  A failure to correct, within the time specified by the political subdivision, work that does not conform to applicable national safety codes, industry construction standards, or local safety codes that are no more stringent than national safety codes, upon inspection and notification by the political subdivision of the faulty condition.

  3.  Any political subdivision that requires public utility right-of-way users to obtain a right-of-way permit, except in an emergency, prior to performing excavation work within a public right-of-way shall promptly, but not longer than thirty-one days, process all completed permit applications.  If a political subdivision fails to act on an application for a right-of-way permit within thirty-one days, the application shall be deemed approved.  In order to avoid excessive processing and accounting costs to either the political subdivision or the public utility right-of-way user, the political subdivision may establish procedures for bulk processing of permits and periodic payment of permit fees.


(L. 2001 S.B. 369, A.L. 2013 H.B. 331, A.L. 2014 S.B. 649)

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