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Alaska Bulk Transmission Land Access(3-AK)

In Alaska, a transmission developer may need a state land right-of-way and/or a state highway right-of-way permit for a proposed projects that across state land or that encroaches upon a state highway.

State Land Right-of-Way

For transmission lines across state land that is not a part of a state land lease, developers may apply for a Right-of-Way easement or permit from the Alaska Division of Mining Land and Water. AS 38.05.850.

State Highway Right-of-Way Permits

In Alaska, a developer must obtain a State of Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Encroachment Permit (Encroachment Permit) from the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) prior to constructing, maintaining, or changing an encroachment within a DOT&PF highway right-of-way (ROW), unless otherwise provided for by agency regulations. 17 AAC § 10.010; Alaska Stat. § 19.25.200(a).

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Determine Which State and Federal Permits Apply

Use this overview flowchart and following steps to learn which federal and state permits apply to your projects.

Permitting at a Glance

Alaska Federal

State Land Right of Way Agency: Alaska Division of Mining Land and Water
State Land Right of Way Process: The Alaska Division of Mining Land and Water may issue permits, rights-of-way, or easements on state land for roads, trails, ditches, field gathering lines or transmission and distribution pipelines not subject to AS 38.35, or electric transmission and distribution lines...other similar uses or improvements..." AS 38.05.850.
State Highway Right of Way Agency: Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities
State Highway Right of Way Process: A developer must obtain a State of Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Encroachment Permit prior to constructing, maintaining, or changing an encroachment within a Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities highway right-of-way, unless otherwise provided for by agency regulations. 17 AAC § 10.010, Alaska Stat. § 19.25.200(a).
Eminent Domain: The state may exercise the right of eminent domain for electric power lines. Alaska Stat. § 09.55.240(a)(12). Also, "[a] public utility may exercise the power of eminent domain for public uses" but cannot take land. Alaska Stat. §42.05.631.

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