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Washington State law, RCW 47.44 and WAC 468-34, grants WSDOT the authority to issue Utility Permits and Franchises for the occupancy of highway rights of way to the persons, associations, private or municipal corporations, the U.S. Government, or any agency for the purpose of constructing and maintaining lines for water, gas, electricity, telephone, telecommunications, etc.
Manuals, Tools and other resources

Accommodations (Permits & Franchises) Forms

Utility Accommodation Application (aka permit or franchise) 224-696 (pdf 1.7 mb) 
General Provisions for Utility Accommodation Application - 224-696GP (pdf 135 kb)
Utility Facility Description (xlsx 529 kb)
Blanket Bond for Permit Franchise (doc 81 kb)
Individual Bond for Permit Franchise (doc 78 kb)
Escrow Agreement (pdf 37 kb)
Acceptance of Assignment - Transfer of ownership  (pdf 30 kb)
Utility Object Relocation Record (UORR) (xls 26 kb)
Category 4 Utility Installation (pdf 703 kb)
Taxpayer Identification Certification (pdf 102 kb)
Above Ground Utility Object Classification Form (xls 27 kb)

Region specific documents
JE notification (pdf 8 kb)  -  South Central Region 
Traffic Control Plan Checklist (pdf 1.4 mb) - Northwest Region
Utility Facility Description (UFD) Checklist (pdf 54 kb) - Northwest Region 
Notification of Maintenance Operations (pdf, 1 mb) - Southwest Region

Accommodation Tools
Limited Access-Master Plan (xls 898 kb)
Limited Access and Managed Access
TESC Requirements (Highway Runoff Manual Chapter 6)

Depth Requirements - Underground Encroachments (pdf 1.6 mb)
Casing Requirements - Utility Encasements (pdf 1.6 mb)
Utility information for bridges and structures (pdf 1.6 mb)
Aerial Vertical Clearance
Open Cuts and trenching (pdf 1.6 mb)

Variances  (Prior to filling out any variance form, contact your region's utility office)
Application for a New Connection to an Existing Shallow Depth Facility (docx 44 kb)
Application for Combined Variance (docx 52 kb)
Utility Object Relocation Record (UORR) (xls 26 kb)
Scenic Classification Variance Request Justification (doc 166 kb) 
Control Zone Variance Request Justification (docx 287 kb)
Limited Access Encroachment Variance Request Justification (docx 53 kb)

Manuals, Tools and other resources
Utilities Accommodation Policy
Utilities Manual
Annual Traffic Report
Standard Specifications
State Highway Log
Work Zone Traffic Control Guidelines
WSDOT Electronic Forms - Fillable Forms
Order WSDOT Engineering Publications
Right of Way Plans Archive 
    Instructions (pdf 192 kb)

Find the state route milepost for your project

State Route Web Tool (SRweb)
First time SRWeb user instructions

Geoportal - view WSDOT spatial data (like Functional Class, Interchange Drawings, City Limits and State Routes)

April 2019 Scenic Classification for Utility Accommodation on State Highway Right of Way (xlsx 205 kb)
(Always check here to ensure you are using the most current version) 

Work Zone and Traffic Control
Utilities Manual Chapter 9 - Control Zone Guidelines (pdf 939 kb)
Work Zone Safety
Work Zone Traffic Control Plans Examples

Before you begin your project
Call Before You Dig - It's the Law
1-800-484-5555 or Dial 811
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