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  67.1830.  Definitions. — As used in sections 67.1830 to 67.1846, the following terms shall mean:

  (1)  "Abandoned equipment or facilities", any equipment materials, apparatuses, devices or facilities that are:

  (a)  Declared abandoned by the owner of such equipment or facilities;

  (b)  No longer in active use, physically disconnected from a portion of the operating facility or any other facility that is in use or in service, and no longer capable of being used for the same or similar purpose for which the equipment, apparatuses or facilities were installed; or

  (c)  No longer in active use and the owner of such equipment or facilities fails to respond within thirty days to a written notice sent by a political subdivision;

  (2)  "Degradation", the actual or deemed reduction in the useful life of the public right-of-way resulting from the cutting, excavation or restoration of the public right-of-way;

  (3)  "Emergency", includes but is not limited to the following:

  (a)  An unexpected or unplanned outage, cut, rupture, leak or any other failure of a public utility facility that prevents or significantly jeopardizes the ability of a public utility to provide service to customers;

  (b)  An unexpected or unplanned outage, cut, rupture, leak or any other failure of a public utility facility that results or could result in danger to the public or a material delay or hindrance to the provision of service to the public if the outage, cut, rupture, leak or any other such failure of public utility facilities is not immediately repaired, controlled, stabilized or rectified; or

  (c)  Any occurrence involving a public utility facility that a reasonable person could conclude under the circumstances that immediate and undelayed action by the public utility is necessary and warranted;

  (4)  "Excavation", any act by which earth, asphalt, concrete, sand, gravel, rock or any other material in or on the ground is cut into, dug, uncovered, removed, or otherwise displaced, by means of any tools, equipment or explosives, except that the following shall not be deemed excavation:

  (a)  Any de minimis displacement or movement of ground caused by pedestrian or vehicular traffic;

  (b)  The replacement of utility poles and related equipment at the existing general location that does not involve either a street or sidewalk cut; or

  (c)  Any other activity which does not disturb or displace surface conditions of the earth, asphalt, concrete, sand, gravel, rock or any other material in or on the ground;

  (5)  "Management costs" or "rights-of-way management costs", the actual costs a political subdivision reasonably incurs in managing its public rights-of-way, including such costs, if incurred, as those associated with the following:

  (a)  Issuing, processing and verifying right-of-way permit applications;

  (b)  Inspecting job sites and restoration projects;

  (c)  Protecting or moving public utility right-of-way user construction equipment after reasonable notification to the public utility right-of-way user during public right-of-way work;

  (d)  Determining the adequacy of public right-of-way restoration;

  (e)  Restoring work inadequately performed after providing notice and the opportunity to correct the work; and

  (f)  Revoking right-of-way permits.



Right-of-way management costs shall be the same for all entities doing similar work.  Management costs or rights-of-way management costs shall not include payment by a public utility right-of-way user for the use or rent of the public right-of-way, degradation of the public right-of-way or any costs as outlined in paragraphs (a) to (f) of this subdivision which are incurred by the political subdivision as a result of use by users other than public utilities, the attorneys' fees and cost of litigation relating to the interpretation of this section or section 67.1832, or litigation, interpretation or development of any ordinance enacted pursuant to this section or section 67.1832, or attorneys' fees and costs in connection with issuing, processing, or verifying right-of-way permits or other applications or agreements, or the political subdivision's fees and costs related to appeals taken pursuant to section 67.1838.  In granting or renewing a franchise for a cable television system, a political subdivision may impose a franchise fee and other terms and conditions permitted by federal law;

  (6)  "Managing the public right-of-way", the actions a political subdivision takes, through reasonable exercise of its police powers, to impose rights, duties and obligations on all users of the right-of-way, including the political subdivision, in a reasonable, competitively neutral and nondiscriminatory and uniform manner, reflecting the distinct engineering, construction, operation, maintenance and public work and safety requirements applicable to the various users of the public right-of-way, provided that such rights, duties and obligations shall not conflict with any federal law or regulation.  In managing the public right-of-way, a political subdivision may:

  (a)  Require construction performance bonds or insurance coverage or demonstration of self-insurance at the option of the political subdivision or if the public utility right-of-way user has twenty-five million dollars in net assets and does not have a history of permitting noncompliance in the political subdivision as defined by the political subdivision, then the public utility right-of-way user shall not be required to provide such bonds or insurance;

  (b)  Establish coordination and timing requirements that do not impose a barrier to entry;

  (c)  Require public utility right-of-way users to submit, for right-of-way projects commenced after August 28, 2001, requiring excavation within the public right-of-way, whether initiated by a political subdivision or any public utility right-of-way user, project data in the form maintained by the user and in a reasonable time after receipt of the request based on the amount of data requested;

  (d)  Establish right-of-way permitting requirements for street excavation;

  (e)  Establish removal requirements for abandoned equipment or facilities, if the existence of such facilities prevents or significantly impairs right-of-way use, repair, excavation or construction;

  (f)  Establish permitting requirements for towers and other structures or equipment for wireless communications facilities in the public right-of-way under the provisions of section 67.1832, provided that such permitting requirements shall also be consistent with sections 67.5090 to 67.5103 and sections 67.5110 to 67.5121;

  (g)  Establish standards for street restoration in order to lessen the impact of degradation to the public right-of-way; and

  (h)  Impose permit conditions to protect public safety;

  (7)  "Political subdivision", a city, town, village, county of the first classification or county of the second classification;

  (8)  "Public right-of-way", the area on, below or above a public roadway, highway, street or alleyway in which the political subdivision has an ownership interest, but not including:

  (a)  The airwaves above a public right-of-way with regard to cellular or other nonwire telecommunications or broadcast service;

  (b)  Easements obtained by utilities or private easements in platted subdivisions or tracts;

  (c)  Railroad rights-of-way and ground utilized or acquired for railroad facilities; or

  (d)  Poles, pipes, cables, conduits, wires, optical cables, or other means of transmission, collection or exchange of communications, information, substances, data, or electronic or electrical current or impulses utilized by a municipally owned or operated utility pursuant to chapter 91 or pursuant to a charter form of government;

  (9)  "Public utility", every cable television service provider, every pipeline corporation, gas corporation, electrical corporation, rural electric cooperative, telecommunications company, water corporation, heating or refrigerating corporation or sewer corporation under the jurisdiction of the public service commission; every municipally owned or operated utility pursuant to chapter 91 or pursuant to a charter form of government or cooperatively owned or operated utility pursuant to chapter 394; every street light maintenance district; every privately owned utility; and every other entity, regardless of its form of organization or governance, whether for profit or not, which in providing a public utility type of service for members of the general public, utilizes pipes, cables, conduits, wires, optical cables, or other means of transmission, collection or exchange of communications, information, substances, data, or electronic or electrical current or impulses, in the collection, exchange or dissemination of its product or services through the public rights-of-way;

  (10)  "Public utility right-of-way user", a public utility owning or controlling a facility in the public right-of-way; and

  (11)  "Right-of-way permit", a permit issued by a political subdivision authorizing the performance of excavation work in a public right-of-way.


(L. 2001 S.B. 369, A.L. 2013 H.B. 331, A.L. 2014 S.B. 649 merged with S.B. 653, A.L. 2018 H.B. 1991)

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