The Iowa Utilities Board has primary jurisdiction over the routing/siting, but not safety, of hazardous liquids pipelines in Iowa. Before a pipeline for the transportation of hazardous liquids can be built in Iowa, the company proposing the pipeline must obtain a permit from the Board under Iowa Code chapter 479B, Hazardous Liquid Pipelines and Storage Facilities. Hazardous liquids include crude oil, refined petroleum products, liquefied petroleum gases, anhydrous ammonia, liquid fertilizers, liquefied carbon dioxide, alcohols, and coal slurries. For additional information, review the hazardous liquids pipelines process and frequently asked questions about eminent domain.
Searching for Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Permit Filings
All public filings and Board orders regarding specific hazardous liquid pipeline permit filings (HLP-Docket) are available on the Board’s electronic filing system (EFS). To search for documents related to hazardous liquid pipeline permits, click the EFS link, select Search from the top navigation menu, and scroll down to Document Search. This will open a document search screen. Enter the docket number (HLP-YYYY-XXXX) relating to the permit for which you would like more information and click the Search button. This will provide a list of all documents filed online with the Board in that proceeding.
If you do not know the specific docket number, you must do a docket search to determine the docket number. To start, click the EFS link, select Search from the top navigation menu and scroll down to Docket Search. This will open a docket search screen. Select HLP - Hazardous Liquid Pipeline from the Docket Type drop down box and then select the company name from the Participants drop down box. Be sure to click the Add button to add the company to the search parameters. After entering the search terms, click the Search button to display a list of all documents filed in all HLP-dockets for that company.
Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Permit Forms
- New Permit Form (MS Word)
- Permit for Existing Pipeline Form (MS Word)
- Sample Objection Form - Pipeline Permit (MS Word)
- Instructions for Filing an Objection - HLP Permit (PDF)
- Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Permit Process (PDF)
- Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Information Meeting Handout (PDF)
One Call Underground Locate Service
To avoid a potential pipeline accident caused by excavation, have the location of all utility lines marked before excavating by hand or with equipment. In fact, to comply with Iowa law, in accordance with Iowa Code chapter 480, Underground Facilities Information, a person must contact Iowa One Call at 811 or 1-800-292-8989 a minimum of two days before excavation commences. After Iowa One Call is contacted, the following will happen.
- Operators with underground facilities in the area where the excavation is planned are notified. This includes natural gas and power utilities, communications companies, and cities and towns.
- Within 48 hours after being contacted, utilities either mark their underground facilities with color-coded paint marks or flags, or tell the excavator they have no lines in the area.
If a contractor is performing the excavation work, a person should make sure that the contractor calls Iowa One Call two days prior to the commencement of excavating.
Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Permit Contact Information:
Safety and Engineering Section
Iowa Utilities Board
Media Inquiries Contact Information:
Iowa Utilities Board