Franchise compensation public rule
In November 2016, the King County Council passed Ordinance 18403, which requires that electric, gas, water, and sewer utility providers compensate King County in return for using the County road rights-of-way to construct, operate, maintain, and repair utility facilities and related appurtenances.
The ordinance assigned responsibility for creating a process for the determination of franchise compensation to the Facilities Management Division (FMD). FMD completed a draft process in October 2017, and issued it in the form of a proposed public rule. After reviewing comments submitted through the FMD website, email, U.S. mail, and a public meeting, FMD finalized the public rule, which became effective on January 29, 2018. Under authority granted in King County Code 6.27.080.D, the purpose of the rule is to describe a standardized approach for determining franchise compensation.