Working with SDG&E
Considering a large scale construction project within SDG&E's service area? Understand the steps you need to take to get your project approved and moving. Once you apply, an SDG&E representative will be assigned to your project and will help you through each step of the process.
The following documents and letters of permission are often required by governmental agencies prior to issuance of development approvals. These documents state that the developer has resolved issues with SDG&E.
The documents are granted by SDG&E for a processing fee to the developer and are described as follows:
- Permission to Grade Letter
This letter states that SDG&E has reviewed and approved the developers grading plan.
- Land Use Agreement
This document allows for the use of SDG&E’s rights-of-way by the underlying or adjacent fee property owner.
- Signature Omission Letter
This letter states that SDG&E has reviewed a proposed subdivision map but does not wish to provide a signature. (Some Cities are asking for the map to be signed to this affect rather than providing a separate letter)
- Subdivision and Parcel Map Signatures
SDG&E will provide review and signatures for maps that have acceptable joint use language.
- Joint Use Agreement
This document allows for the joint use and occupancy of SDG&E’s easement by other utilities or street dedications.
- Public Utility Letter
This letter is usually requested by a property owner, in compliance with a public agency requirement, to vacate a Public Utility Easement.
- Permission to Enter Letter
This letter allows temporary use of SDG&E easements and properties.
- Quit Claim Letter
This document states that SDG&E no longer needs a particular easement.
Ways to incorporate land uses with SDG&E facilities
Utility corridors are considered major land features. They cannot be hidden or relocated easily. Instead, developers are seeking ways to utilize and integrate utility corridors in the planning designs.
Conceptual uses of easement corridors and official approvals should be discussed with SDG&E’s Real Estate & Facilities Department.
Acceptable secondary uses include:
- Open space and wildlife corridors
- Passive recreational parks
- Parking for commercial, retail and office needs
- Utility, industrial and manufacturing service yards
- Bike, walking and hiking trails
Note: No structures of any type are allowed within easement corridors without written permission. Permission, if granted, is revocable.
Existing SDG&E transmission corridors and properties
Never assume that existing SDG&E properties or transmission corridors are being fully utilized. Most are capable of accommodating additional lines and equipment.
The responsibility for maintaining SDG&E’s easement is often a concern. The simple answer is that it depends on who owns the property.
If we own the property, then it is SDG&E’s responsibility. If it is owned by an individual or private entity and we only have an easement interest, then it is the responsibility of the property owner.
Electric and magnetic fields concerns
SDG&E’s EMF Center is staffed by individuals who are knowledgeable about magnetic field interference with equipment and the on-going research into questions about the possible health effects of 60-hertz power frequency electric and magnetic fields (EMFs).
Our EMF Center is a resource for information in the early planning stages of a project and provides the following services which can help developers stay informed about the issues:
- Information and printed materials regarding published health-science research.
- Magnetic field measurements for developed and undeveloped properties.
- Computer modeling of magnetic fields from SDG&E facilities.
- Information about the California Public Utilities Commission policy regarding magnetic fields.
- Meetings with planners, developers, architects, engineers, designers and school administrators.