skip navigation

Municipal Right-of-Way and Telecommunications

This page provides links and examples of policies regarding the authority of local governments in Washington State to regulate the process for telecommunications companies to apply for access to public rights-of-way.

It is part of MRSC's series on Telecommunications.


  • Chapter 35.99 RCW, enacted initially in 2000, establishes the basic parameters of local government authority.


Below are selected examples of local ordinances pertaining to telecommunications facilities in the public right-of-way.

NOTE: Anyone drafting a telecommunications ordinance needs to review the City of Auburn V. Qwest Corporation, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision of April, 2001.

Washington Examples

Out-of-State Examples

  • Sacramento, CA

Recommended Resources

Last Modified: October 24, 2019