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Every individual, company or government entity, not specifically exempted by California
law, must obtain a franchise from the County to install underground pipeline or
conduit or overhead lines on County road right-of-ways. Typically, this includes
oil and gas companies, utility companies, private electricity producers and farming
Application for a franchise is made by calling (661) 868-3000 and asking for Property
Management. An application must be completed and submitted along with an accurate
drawing showing details of the proposed road right-of-way to be used. An administrative
fee of $1,200 is also required with the submittal of the application. The applicant
is responsible for the cost of public notice publications and all required environmental
The master Franchise Ordinance contains the basic requirements and responsibilities
of a franchise holder (Franchisee). Some of these are shown here:
Franchise Ordinance F-3 (Second Revision) (PDF)
Ordinance for all franchises granted before March 21, 2011.
Franchise Ordinance F-3 (Third Revision) (PDF)
Ordinance for all franchises granted on or after March 21, 2011.
Non-Potable Water (Ag, Drainage, Non-Hydrocarbon
Waste Water) (PDF)
Use this application if you are transporting water for industrial, agriculture, or drainage usage.
Oil, Gas, Produced Water, and other Hydrocarbons (PDF)
Use this application for new oil, gas and or hydrocarbon franchises even if you will also be transporting water for steam or produced water.
Potable Water (PDF)
Use this application if your company delivers potable water to homes or businesses.
Publicly Regulated (PDF)
Use this form if your company is regulated by the Public Utility Commission.
Renewable Energy Transmission (PDF)
Use this application if you are transporting electricity from the production source to a point of interconnection with the power grid.
Environmental Information - Form 123 (PDF)
This form must be submitted with all franchise applications.
Request to Amend Franchise (PDF)
Use this application to amend an existing franchise.
Request to Assign Franchise (PDF)
Use this application to request the assignment of your current franchise to another entity.
Request to Renew Franchise (PDF)
Use this application to renew any type of existing franchise.
To submit an application for a franchise:
Note: The applicant is responsible for the cost of required
notice publications and all required environmental documentation.
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