Electric Transmission Franchises

Iowa Utilities Board


If your business requires electric transmission service (69kV or more), the transmission provider must obtain a franchise from the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB). Contact your local utility to determine the need for additional transmission services. Contact the IUB if you need assistance in determining your local utility. The utility will file a petition for the electric transmission franchise from the IUB.

Code Citation Iowa Code Chapter 478.

Who Applies Anyone building an electric line capable of operating at 69kV or more.

When To Apply For a new franchise, a petition should be filed with the IUB not less than 30 days from the public informational meeting date. Under 199 IAC 11.8, a petition for an extension of a franchise must be filed at least one year prior to the expiration of the franchise.

Initial Requirements Iowa Administrative Code 199—11 provides information explaining what is required for a filing pertaining to an electric transmission line and 11.8 explains what is required for a petition for extension of franchise.

Duration 25 Years.

Processing Time Approximately ten months from petition filing, which does not include precursor public informational meetings or a public hearing, if required. A public hearing is required if any objections are filed with the IUB or eminent domain is requested from the IUB.

Fee Structure Fees are based on Iowa Utilities Board staff time required for review and processing consistent with Iowa Code 478.

Renewal Requirements If granted, the franchise is for 25 years.

Exam Does not pertain.

Additional Information None.

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Contact Information
Iowa Utilities Board
1375 E. Court Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50319