Public right-of-way is the entire width of land between private property lines that is dedicated to public and franchise utilities. The public right-of-way (ROW) usually extends out from the center of roadway to the private property line, typically 9.5ft from back of curb.
Easements are similar to public right-of-way. An easement is a means by which a landowner grants another person the right to use the landowner's property for a public utility.
Public ROW and easements are necessary for utility companies to provide and maintain public utilities, such as water, wastewater, gas, electric, and telecommunications services, throughout the City.
Any construction or maintenance activities performed within the public ROW or a utility easement are required to submit a line locate request to Texas811 and thus be reviewed by the City's ROW Inspector. A guide for this process can be found below:
Texas 811 is a free service that is required, by law, for any individual or company performing work in ROW or easements to contact two business days (excluding weekends and holidays) prior to digging, even if they are working on private property such as in a backyard. There are two main ways to contact Texas 811, as shown below: