Right of Way Utility and Leasing Information System
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Right of Way Utility and Leasing Information System

The Right of Way Division at TxDOT is automating the utility and leasing process with the implementation of RULIS, the Right of Way Utility and Leasing Information System.

RULIS makes it possible for utility owners and consultants to manage utility permit applications and leasing in a modern, web-based system.

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RULIS releases

Release name
Currently in production
Utility permitting phase 1
  • Utility permitting 
  • Automation of exception to policy process
  • Automation of abandonment of utility facilities process
  • As-built plans
  • Mobile utility inspection application
Future release name Future release components
Utility permitting phase 2
  • Subsurface utility engineering (SUE)
  • Enhancements to utility permitting module
Real estate services
  • Saltwater leases 
  • Real property leases
  • Sale surplus property
Utility conflict management
  • Utility conflict management 
  • Computer-aided design and drafting (CADD)
  • Building information modeling (BIM) 
Agreements and reimbursements
  • Utility agreements
  • Utility reimbursements

RULIS is being delivered using a multi-release approach that allows TxDOT to consolidate legacy systems and processes with minimal disruption.

All RULIS users will receive training and support with each release.

Note about submitting permits

The Right of Way and Maintenance Divisions have received multiple questions related to consultants for utility companies submitting permits on their behalf or as a representative of the Utility Company.

TxDOT's policy will remain that utility consultants may not submit permits in RULIS. This policy is the same as in UIR, where users with "Consultant" privilege access cannot submit permits. Utility companies assigning consultants "User" privilege access is against TxDOT policy. TAC 21.38 (a)(1) states, "A utility is responsible for the construction and maintenance of its utility facility, including installation, adjustment or relocation, replacement, expansion, and repair. Construction and maintenance must conform to the requirements of §21.37 of this subchapter (relating to Design) and shall be accomplished in a manner and to a standard acceptable to the department."

With the recent issues of utility companies' facilities that were installed in the incorrect location, causing delays to transportation roadway construction across the State, as a solution, TxDOT will require a representative of the utility company to sign off that the information is correct by submitting the permit application and final location as-builts to the RULIS application.

If you have any additional questions, please submit your questions to ROW_Applications_Helpdesk@txdot.gov or your local Utility Specialist.

RULIS benefits

  • Single account for all districts and security roles
  • Simultaneous SME review
  • GIS mapping and data collection
  • Enhanced security
  • Standardized and streamlined solutions
  • Full integration with TxDOTCONNECT and OnBase
  • Accessible from multiple browsers, including Chrome and Edge
  • Mobile application for inspections
  • Online payments for leases