Public Right-of-Way Use Easements

Anyone other than City franchisees desiring to use a portion of the public right-of-way for a private business or personal use must first obtain a right-of-way use easement from the City. Applications for easements for right-of-way use, whether temporary or permanent in nature, shall be filed with the City Engineer. Such applications must include a drawing of the location, description of the type of use, length of time needed, and payment of the application fee.


Submit the completed easement form, site plan and payment to the City Engineer for review. Once the review is complete and approved by City Staff, all right-of-way easements must go to City Council for approval. City Council meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Please note that if the easement request is in a Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) right-of-way, approval must first be obtained from TxDOT prior to the City granting an easement. For additional information, please contact the City Engineer at 903-531-1126.

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Rules of the Right-of-Way:

  • Copy of Contractor's Insurance Certificate is required.
  • Any damage must be repaired within 30 days.
  • Underground installation which could cross a water main 18" and larger will require open excavation.
  • Notice of work commencement is required to the Engineering Department at 903-531-1126 and to the Water Service Center at 903-531-1285 a minimum of 48 hours before work begins.
  • No traffic lanes will be closed between the following hours: 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM.
  • 5 days' notice must be given before any construction within the right-of-way, including alterations to the surface or subsurface of the right-of-way.
  • Submit project scope and project plans to the City of Tyler Engineering Dept. at 511 W. Locust Street, Tyler, TX 75702. Plans can be submited by mail to P.O. Box 2039 Tyler, TX 75710.
Franchise Use

Texas cities have traditionally regulated the use of public Right of Way by utility companies through the use of a franchise agreement which cover customer service concerns, costs, fees, and actual use of the Right-of-Way.


Any franchisee or contractor working on behalf of the franchisee, working in the right-of-way should submit project drawings or site plans outlining the scope of the work to be done in the right-of-way to the City Engineer a minimum of five (5) days in advance of starting work on the project.

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