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Rule 029: Applications for Municipal Franchise Agreements and Associated Franchise Fee Rate Riders

Effective date

April 1, 2015


​Rule 029 applies to applications requesting approval or amendment of a franchise agreement between a municipality and the applicable gas or electric distribution company that is granted access to the city, town or municipality. The fee is typically negotiated and agreed on by the municipality and the owner of the distribution system in the area, such as ATCO Electric Ltd., FortisAlberta Inc., ATCO Gas and Pipelines Ltd., and AltaGas Utilities Inc. Rule 029 requires customers to be  notified of this agreement by newspaper notice or alternative means. Once the agreement is approved, the franchise fee rate rider appears on utility bills as a municipal franchise fee or local access fee.

Forms and templates

Franchise notice template
Appendix 1 - Electric franchise application form
Appendix 2 - Natural gas franchise application form