Evaluation of costs to process and manage utility and driveway permits.
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Evaluation of costs to process and manage utility and driveway permits.

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      Reviewing and processing utility and driveway permits at the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)

      requires a considerable amount of involvement and coordination by TxDOT personnel, both at the district

      and division levels. Currently, TxDOT absorbs the entire cost to review, process, and archive utility and

      driveway permits, regardless of type of permit application, proposed project scale, or required TxDOT

      resources involved. The purpose of the research was to evaluate the time and costs to process various types

      of utility and driveway permits, evaluate potential fee alternatives, determine the feasibility of transferring

      permitting responsibilities to local jurisdictions, and develop recommendations for access management

      compliance. To estimate the costs, the researchers conducted extensive interviews with TxDOT districts and

      divisions to characterize the permitting process and collected permit data from multiple sources. The cost

      estimation included direct labor, equipment, information technology, and office cost categories, as well as

      some costs associated with coordination activities that are directly relevant to the permitting function. Data

      availability enabled a differentiation between simple and complex utility permits as well as a differentiation

      between residential and nonresidential driveway permits. With this information, the researchers examined

      potential fee alternatives to cover permit administrative costs. Based on feedback from districts and

      divisions, the researchers concluded that transferring utility permits to local jurisdictions was not feasible

      given the current utility permitting structure at TxDOT. However, transferring driveway permitting to local

      jurisdictions is feasible under certain conditions. The researchers conducted four regional stakeholder

      workshops to discuss and fine-tune the research findings and recommendations.

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