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Right-of-Way Permits
Right-of-Way Permits

Right-of-way areas are areas of land owned by the City for the purposes of constructing, operating, and maintaining public facilities such as streets, alleys, sidewalks, bike paths, utilities, and other public infrastructures.

In order to ensure that right-of-ways continue to serve their intended purposes, the City regulates most work in these areas through Right of Way Permit Applications. In order to obtain a license to work in the public right-of-way, a contractor must provide proof of insurance, traffic control plan, description of work to be completed, and a deposit. A right-of-way fee is charged for the permit, and additional fees are applicable to cover permit review and inspection costs associated with each project.

Work associated with construction projects within the public right-of-way must be performed by a licensed right-of-way contractor and be permitted by the City.

Examples of Public Right-of-Way Construction
    • Utility mains and services
    • Fire hydrants
    • Water meters
    • Sidewalks
    • Street cuts
    • Driveways
    • Curb cuts
    • Curb and gutter
    • Street and alley paving

    Property Owner Responsibilities

    Because right-of-ways are the property of the City and not the adjacent land owner, they cannot be fenced off for private use. Property owners are responsible for some maintenance of the right-of-way adjacent to their property, including removing snow from sidewalks and mowing grass. Structural encroachments into the right-of-way are prohibited, and storage of construction materials requires a permit.

    For more information, contact the Public Works Department at 303-649-4500 or email.