Bryan Texas Utilities’ electric utility lines and related facilities are typically located within a utility right of way or within a designated area on private property that is recognized by a legally binding agreement called an “easement.” Easements are legally binding documents that are filed within the public records of the county where the property is located. Easements grant BTU the rights to install, maintain, and improve its facilities as and when needed. Easements also place certain restrictions on the landowner such as the inability to locate permanent structures within the utility easement. Pavement, fences, shrubbery and gardens may occupy the easement area, but only at the property owner’s risk.
Easements are required on all new primary lines and, in some cases, secondary lines. As a condition of providing electric service, BTU may require the execution of an easement or easements providing suitable rights to BTU for the construction, operation, and maintenance of the distribution lines serving the consumer’s premises.
An Easement grants BTU the right to install facilities within an easement as well as access rights over the easement area. These rights include the ability to cut down or trim vegetation within the easement and the right to remove or have removed any obstructions within the easement area that may interfere with construction or maintenance activities.
BTU will construct, own, operate and maintain distribution facilities on public or private property across which easements or rights-of-way satisfactory to BTU may be obtained without cost or within the public streets, road or highways in which it has legal rights to occupy without future relocation liability.
In order for BTU to adequately prepare distribution easements, signed and dated copies of at least one of the following items of information are necessary to show proof of property ownership and to show property description:
- Warranty Deed
- Partition Deed
- Gift Deed
- Probated Will
- Contract for Deed
- Contract for Sale
- Map or plat of property by licensed land surveyor
For more information on distribution electric easements, contact BTU at (979) 821-5770 or email us at BTULD@btutilities.com
For a sample of BTU’s standard distribution easement, click here