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DIVISION 3. PUBLIC UTILITY FRANCHISES BY LOCAL GOVERNMENTS [6001 - 6467]

  ( Division 3 enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764. )

CHAPTER 2. Gas, Oil, Electric, and Water Franchises by Municipalities [6201 - 6302]

  ( Heading of Chapter 2 amended by Stats. 1965, Ch. 626. )

ARTICLE 1. General Provisions [6201 - 6205.1]
  ( Article 1 enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 674. )

6201.
  

This chapter may be cited as the Franchise Act of 1937.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 674.)

6201.3.
  

As used in this chapter, “industrial gas” means any substance which is in a gaseous state at ambient conditions of temperature and pressure used for commercial, industrial, or scientific purposes, but does not include any gaseous hydrocarbon used for light, heat, power, or feedstock.

(Added by Stats. 1984, Ch. 197, Sec. 1.)

6201.5.
  

As used in this chapter, municipality includes counties, but no county shall grant a franchise pursuant to this chapter in any incorporated area.

(Added by Stats. 1971, Ch. 422.)

6202.
  

The legislative body of any municipality may grant a franchise to any person, firm, or corporation, whether operating under an existing franchise or not, to use, or to construct and use, poles, wires, conduits, and appurtenances for transmitting and distributing electricity for all purposes, or to use, or to lay and use, pipes and appurtenances for transmitting and distributing gas or industrial gas for all purposes, or to use, or to lay and use, pipes and appurtenances for transmitting and distributing oil or products thereof for all purposes, or to lay and use pipes, ditches, flumes, conduits, and appurtenances for transmitting and distributing water for all purposes, under, along, across, or upon the public streets, ways, alleys, and places within the municipality, upon the terms and conditions provided in this chapter.

(Amended by Stats. 1984, Ch. 197, Sec. 2.)

6203.
  

The legislative body may in such a franchise impose such other and additional terms and conditions not in conflict with this chapter, whether governmental or contractual in character, as in the judgment of the legislative body are to the public interest.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764.)

6204.
  

This chapter provides a procedure, alternative to the procedure provided in Article 1 of Chapter 1 of this division, for the granting of franchises by municipalities. When any proceeding is initiated under this chapter for the granting of a franchise, the provisions of this chapter exclusively govern the granting of such franchise.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764.)

6205.
  

This chapter does not apply to any municipality having a freeholders’ charter adopted and ratified under the Constitution and having in such charter provisions for the issuance of franchises by the municipality, but nothing contained in this chapter shall restrict the right of any such chartered municipality to avail itself of the provisions of this chapter wherever it may lawfully do so. The provisions of this chapter relating to the payment of a percentage of gross receipts shall not be construed as a declaration of legislative judgment as to the proper compensation to be paid a chartered municipality for the right to exercise franchise privileges therein.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764.)

6205.1.
  

(a) Notwithstanding Section 6205, all franchises, licenses, permits, or other privileges granted to a public utility by any city, county, or city and county holding a freeholder’s charter containing provisions for the issuance of franchises, to use, or to construct or lay and use, under, along, across, or upon the public streets, ways, alleys, and places within the municipality, facilities which are part of a pipeline system transmitting oil or products thereof, shall be granted upon the terms and conditions provided in, and in accordance with, either this chapter or Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 6001).

(b) On and after January 1, 1990, the compensation to be paid for the franchises, licenses, permits, or other privileges granted by any city, county, or city and county, including those holding a freeholder’s charter, shall be as provided in Section 6231.5.

(c) It is the intent of the Legislature, in enacting this section, to preempt the ordinance of any chartered municipality insofar as that ordinance governs the granting of franchises to construct facilities which are part of a pipeline system transmitting oil or products thereof.

(Added by Stats. 1989, Ch. 1444, Sec. 3.)

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