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Updates to TRNs 10.19 and 8.13

PBOT is updating administrative rules TRN-10.19 - Utility Permits in the Right-of-Way and TRN-8.13 – Utility Vault or Structure for the Benefit of the Adjacent Property Owner.

PBOT is updating TRN-10.19 - Utility Permits in the Right-of-Way and TRN-8.13 – Utility Vault or Structure for the Benefit of the Adjacent Property Owner. 

Service Demarcation

PBOT has added language to TRN 10.19 to ensure that the entity with a right to distribute a service throughout the right-of-way (power, telecom, etc.) places their service as close as technically feasible to the point of service (e.g., streetlight, traffic signal, private property, etc.). The rule defines service demarcation point as the physical location where a Franchised or City Licensed service provider transfers ownership and maintenance responsibility from themselves to the service requestor. The new language is intended to ensure that the majority of this infrastructure is owned and maintained by the city approved service entity rather than the end user of the service.

Utility vaults or structure for the benefit of adjacent property owner

PBOT is updating requirements for approving the siting of utility infrastructure in the right-of-way for the benefit of the adjacent property owner. Siting this infrastructure (electrical transformers, fuel tanks, etc.) in the right-of-way can help developments meet requirements for ground floor activation, but can also reduce or eliminate spaces for street trees, impinge on the pedestrian through zone, and force utility connections to the building closer together which can violate clearance requirements. PBOT and BDS worked together (with outreach to PGE and PPL) to revise the approval process in a manner that maintains an approval path that supports ground floor activation policies, but modifies the process to permit this infrastructure in the right‐of‐way by exception only. Updated submittal requirements in TRN 8.13 includes documenting that the applicant was unable to identify a suitable location with their service provider and City staff on‐site in a manner that satisfies ground floor activation requirements in the zoning code and design overlay (if applicable). Submittal requirements previously listed in TRN 10.19 have been moved to the Design Exception Submittal section of TRN 8.13.

Proposed effective date of July 1, 2022. Sites that have been through the UV conceptual review process before that date will have 1 year from the date of approval to pursue  their entitlements and submit a building permit with the vault in the right-of-way.

Per TRN 16.01 – Administrative Rules and Procedures, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is publishing proposed updates to TRN-10.19 and TRN-8.13 for 30 days of public comment. PBOT will be accepting public comment for this Tier 2 update until 5:00pm on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.

A virtual public hearing will be held upon request by the public and can be requested by emailing Any comments or requests for a public hearing may be submitted to All comments received will reviewed by PBOT staff.

Please see below to view the proposed changes.