Utility Regulation Generally

ORS 757.552
Duties of center

  • fees for services
  • rules
  • exemption from certain financial administration laws


It is the function of the board of directors to operate the Oregon Utility Notification Center, through which a person shall notify operators of underground facilities of proposed excavations and request that the underground facilities be marked.


The board of directors shall:


Utilize a competitive process to contract with any qualified person to provide the notification required under subsection (1) of this section.


Subject to subsection (3) of this section, establish rates, on a per call basis, under which subscribers shall pay to fund all of the activities of the Oregon Utility Notification Center.


Adopt rules according to ORS chapter 183 that regulate the notification and marking of underground facilities to prevent damage to underground facilities. The rules, insofar as is practicable, shall be consistent with the Oregon Utilities Coordinating Council Standards Manual of March 31, 1995.


The Oregon Utility Notification Center shall have all of the powers of a state agency. Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, the provisions of ORS 279.835 (Definitions for ORS 279.835 to 279.855) to 279.855 (Entities that may obtain goods and services through Oregon Department of Administrative Services) and 283.085 (Definitions for ORS 283.085 to 283.092) to 283.092 (Effect of financing agreement on tax status) and ORS chapters 240, 276, 279A, 279B, 279C, 282, 283, 291, 292 and 293 do not apply to the Oregon Utility Notification Center.


Notwithstanding subsection (2)(b) of this section, the board of directors shall not establish rates or other charges that require payments from any subscriber who receives fewer than 50 telephone calls in the calendar year or that result in annual payments of more than $500 for any of the following subscribers:


Cities with a population under 15,000;


Telecommunications utilities serving fewer than 50,000 access lines and regulated by the Public Utility Commission under ORS chapter 759;


Cable system operators serving fewer than 15,000 customers;


Utilities, special districts, people’s utility districts or authorities providing electricity, water or sanitary sewer service to fewer than 15,000 residential customers; and


Telecommunications cooperatives. [1995 c.691 §3; 1999 c.451 §3; 2001 c.104 §293; 2003 c.794 §329; 2012 c.107 §69]
Note: See note under 757.542 (Definitions for ORS 757.542 to 757.562).
Chapter 757

Notes of Decisions

Under regulatory scheme, Public Utility Commissioner has authority to promulgate rule limiting telephone company's liability for directory listing errors or omissions. Garrison v. Pacific NW Bell, 45 Or App 523, 608 P2d 1206 (1980)

Refund is proper exercise of Public Utility Commission's general powers if refund (1) is based only on information in existence at time of rate order for which refund is being made; (2) is not based on evaluation of public utility's actual expenses or revenues; and (3) is not effectuated by offsetting future rates. Gearhart v. Public Utility Commission, 255 Or App 58, 299 P3d 533 (2013), aff'd 356 Or 216, 339 P3d 904 (2014)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Authority of Governor and Public Utility Commissioner to enter into binding agreements with respect to uniform curtailment plans, (1977) Vol 38, p 861


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