Right-of-Way Permits

Right of Way Permits

A public right-of-way refers to the area on, below, or above a public roadway, highway, street, bicycle lane, and public sidewalk in which the local government unit has an interest, including other dedicated rights-of-ways for ttravel purposes and utility eastments.

The City requires a permit for anyone to perform work within the public right-of-way so that it can ensure its roads, sidewalks, etc., are being used appropriately, and to maintain the rights-of-way in proper condition, and free from unnecessary encumbrances.  City staff and the City Engineer also document all utility work being installed, maintained or repaired so that there is a record of the City's infrastructure.

A permit is required for any excavation or obstruction activities that occur within City right-of-way.

Requried permits:

  • City Code requires all parties performing work in the right-of-way to register with the City.  The Registration Permit must be renewed annually.  A Certificate of Liability Insurance must also be submitted to the City.  A Registration Permit is required for all companies performing work within the City, whether contractors or sub-contractors.
  • A Utility Permit is required if you will be excavating any part of City right-of-way or if you will be hindering open passage over any portion of the City right-of-way.  A residential drop, and installation of utilities into an existing conduit both require Utility Permits, and the fees are based on the type of work that will be performed.  Please forward the permit application, a Certificate of Liability Insurance and detailed plans to City Hall for approval and cost.
  • The City requires an Obstruction Permit when you will be hindering open passage over or occupying a portion of the City right-of-way with equipment or vehicles.  Installation or repair work on above-ground facilities would require obstruction permits.  You do not need an Obstruction Permit if you already have a Utility Permit, because the Utility Permit includes permission to obstruct part of the right-of-way.  Please submit the permit application, Certificate of Insurance Liability and detailed plans to City Hall for approval and cost.
  • When doing a project where multiple utilities will be installed at the same time, the City encourages that all utilities be installed in a joint trench.