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Ohio Bulk Transmission Land Access(3-OH)

In Ohio, a bulk transmission developer must obtain a right-of-way easement or lease from the appropriate state agency if the proposed project will be located in, on, or above State-owned real property. A bulk transmission developer must also obtain a permit from the Ohio Department of Transportation to “use or occupy” a portion of a state road or highway right-of-way. O.R.C. § 5515.01. This may include a Roadway Usage Permit, a Commercial Access Permit, and/or a Utility Permit.

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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

Ohio Federal

Right of Way Agency: State agency with jurisdiction over the land.
State Land Right of Way Process: A developer must obtain a right-of-way easement or lease from the appropriate state agency if the proposed project will be located in, on, or above State-owned real property.
State Highway Right of Way Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
State Highway Right of Way Process: A developer must obtain a permit to “use or occupy” a portion of a state road or highway right-of-way.  O.R.C. § 5515.01.  This may include a Roadway Usage Permit, a Commercial Access Permit, and/or a Utility Permit.
Eminent Domain: County boards of trustees or county commissioners have the power of eminent domain to take private property, if necessary, for public use of developing transmission lines. O.R.C. § 306.36.

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