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

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

Inspection Processes and Requirements

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