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.

System release schedule

Release date
Release capabilities
2024
  • Utility agreements
  • Utility reimbursements
  • Utility conflict management
  • Subsurface utility engineering (SUE)
  • As-built plans
  • Sale of surplus property
  • Mobile utility inspection application
November 2023
  • Saltwater leases
  • Real property leases
  • Real Estate Services leases
July 2023
  • Utility permitting (replacing the Utility Installation Review System with collaboration from Maintenance Division)
  • Automation of exception to policy process
  • Automation of abandonment of utility facilities process
  • Integrations with TxDOTCONNECT and OnBase

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.

UIR system availability

  • Only permits from April 1, 2022 – July 18, 2023 will be active in UIR
  • Close out or complete work on the remaining active permits in UIR by December 31, 2023
  • No amendments can be processed on these permits in UIR
  • Amendments will be treated as new permits that will need to be submitted in RULIS

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