General Information

The Utility Cut Program is responsible for inspection of three (3) types of Right-of-Way (ROW) projects:

  • Telecom and small cell
  • Excavation for repair of dry utilities*
  • Residential and commercial driveways, curb cuts gutters and sidewalk repair, installation, modification or demolition

Each type of project is inspected at critical milestones for compliance with development regulations, criteria manuals, City
of Austin (COA) Standard Specifications, Standards Manual and permitted plans. These requirements improve public safety
within the Right of Way (ROW), manage traffic, bike and pedestrian flows, and protect existing ROW infrastructure during
construction.

Project reviews and inspections are coordinated as required with other departments that plan ROW improvements,
maintain or repair streets, sidewalks or dry or wet utilities.

For additional information about City of Austin (COA) requirements, visit the following pages:

* Wet utility inspections for permitted site or subdivision construction repairs or taps, are conducted by the Site and
Subdivision Inspection Program.

Utility Cut Inspection Staff Contacts

Michael Jones
Program Manager
o: 512-974-3523
c: 512-717-1538


Amar Becker
Customer Service Rep.
o 512-974-2685
c: 512-354-5252


Leticia Sifuentes
Dispatch I
c: 512-660-0417


Cecil Nunnelly
Utility Cuts Supervisor
c: 512-632-6739


Anthony City
Inspector C
c: 512-596-8523


Ernesto Gomez
Inspector C
c: 512-633-0419


Joel Lara
Inspector C
c: 512-903-8919


John Jones
Inspector C
c: 512-574-6837


Kristopher Anglin
Inspector C
c: 512-707-9751


Ruben Villalpando
Inspector C
c: 512-599-2661


Shane Wagner
Inspector C
c: 512-605-9252


Ernest Beltran
Telecom Supervisor
o: 512-974-3322
c: 512-774-2872


Esteban Baster
Telecom Inspector
c: 512-632-3928


Michael Gloria
Telecom Inspector
c: 512-983-4526


Steve Manning
Telecom Inspector
c: 512-593-0649


Jesse Herrera
Google Fiber Inspector
c: 512-264-5371


Richard Botello
Google Fiber Inspector
c: 512-300-5879


Tray Dickson
Google Fiber Inspector
c: 737-230-7143

ROW Permits, Fees, Licenses, and Other Requirements

After a building or site plan permit is granted, the next step is to apply for a ROW permit and/or license and submit required
issued by the Austin Transportation Department (ATD). If the project includes small cell, additional documents must be
submitted to Austin Energy (AE).

Austin Transportation Department (ATD) ROW Permits and Fees: Learn more about the type of ROW permit required.  Associated fees can be paid on the Austin Build + Connect (AB+C) portal.

Contractor’s License: Required for work in the ROW and issued by ATD. Learn more about License Requirements (PDF).

Austin Energy Work Print Design: Must be obtained for small cell projects. Submit the request (SmartSheet).

Microtrench Waiver: If the microtrench method of installation is proposed for telecommunication, a waiver from the Public
Works, Office of the City Engineer is required. Submit requests to PWDOCEReviewDL@austintexas.gov.

Inspection Processes and Requirements

Learn more about the Utility Cut Inspection Process from Start to Finish (PDF).