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Utility Easements and Land Use Licenses


Licenses are one way that utilities can access a right-of-way.

A license is defined as a revocable permission to commit some act that would otherwise be unlawful. Licenses are often orally created and are temporary, revocable and cannot be sold. This video reviews how, as distinguished from a franchise, a license is the right to occupy the public right-of-way for a limited area and offers examples of why a company might have a license as opposed to a franchise.

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Ronald D. Stutes

Ronald D. Stutes

Wilson, Robertson & Cornelius, P.C.

  • Member in the office of Potter Minton, P.C.
  • Practice emphasizes all aspects of municipal law, advice to other local governmental entities, and commercial litigation
  • Spoken on numerous topics related to municipal law
  • Member State Bar of Texas, Smith County Bar Foundation, Texas City Attorneys Association
  • J.D. degree, University of Texas at Austin School of Law; B.A. degree, economics & legal studies, Rice University; M.Pub.Aff. degree, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas, Austin
  • Can be contacted at [email protected] or 903-597-8311

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