By: Mike Manfredi

Many new construction projects RealtyCom is involved with include utility relocation.  This often includes undergrounding existing overhead electrical and telecommunication lines or, in some cases, moving existing underground lines to a new location.  In California, most of this work is governed by the California Public Utility Commission’s approved tariff known as “Rule 20.”  Rule 20 consists of three parts: 20A, 20B and 20C.  Of these, Rule 20B projects are most often related to new development.  Typically, 80-85% of the costs associated with the relocation are paid for by the developer.

In order to prevent costly delays, any such relocation work should be identified in the design stage of the development, typically by the Dry Utility Consultant.  A resulting plan should be developed that details the following:

  1. All the impacted utilities (e.g., power company, franchise cable television company, telephone company, etc.)
  2. Contacts for representatives of each of the impacted utilities
  3. Cost to bear by the developer and payment timing
  4. Critical path from start to completion with timeframes for each activity associated with this work

Periodic check in calls with all stakeholders should commence a month in advance of scheduled work commencement and continue through completion.

RealtyCom’s Planning/Engineering Team works closely with our client, their design team and the telecom providers to ensure the plan will be successful and manage a timely completion. If you are unsure about necessity of utility relocation or would like our assistance, please reach out to us at and we’d be glad to help.