• 20 minutes

Utility Easements and Land Use - Practical Issues


Why use easements, franchises or licenses?

A franchise gives the utility the right to use all of the rights-of-way of the city and may give the right to use parkland and other city property. Generally, a franchise will require annual payments. An easement, on the other hand, is a permanent transfer of property rights and must describe the property with specificity. Generally, an easement will require a one-time payment. This video reviews when it’s best to use an easement, a franchise, or in some cases a license.

Runtime: 20 minutes



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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