​Transmission Line Right of Way

SMUD secures restrictive easements on private property for our power lines and equipment, and our gas pipelines. The land owner may use the easement area in any manner that meets safety requirements and is not restricted by the easement document. SMUD reserves the right to review all development and use within these transmission corridors to make sure that safety and other concerns have been addressed.

By managing these property rights, SMUD:

  1. Preserves the utility of easement by:
    • Protecting existing facilities and maintaining the ability to construct new lines or reconstruct existing lines.
    • Provide/maintain access to structures for maintenance and reconstruction.
    • Insure safe clearances for the electric and gas lines.
    • Deter incompatible uses.
  2. Accommodates uses of transmission corridors which are compatible with:
    • Safe and reliable construction, operation and maintenance of electric and gas transmission lines.
    • Public health, safety and welfare.
    • Easement restrictions.
  3. Provides the benefits of multiple use of transmission corridors:
    • Enhances public relations.
    • Deters of unauthorized uses.
    • Promotes good neighbor relations.
    • Offers productive secondary use of easement area.

To have your development/use approved by SMUD

  1. Please review Steps in applying for a Consent Process.
  2. Read the Quick Guide for Requirements and Guidelines for Uses within Electric & Gas Transmission Easement Areas.
  3. Download the full Guideline for Transmission Encroachment.
  4. Download the Requirements for Excavation in Proximity to SMUD's Underground Transmission Cables.
  5. Download the Guidelines for Excavation, Drilling, or Boring in Proximity of SMUD’s 100kVA and Lower Underground Distribution Lines.
  6. After you have reviewed the process, requirements and guidelines, you can submit a Consent to Common Use of Transmission Line Right-of-Way Application Form.