Right of Way Permits
Site Accessibility, Travel Lane and Sidewalk Closures
This is a process for issuing Residential & Commercial Right-of-Way permits as needed in correlation with construction projects that affect Driveways, Sidewalks, Street Cuts and Street Closings (with or without parking). Issuing a proper permit package is a multi-departmental effort.
Right of Way plan elements for temporary street/sidewalk closures associated with Commercial projects must include the following:
- location of the building on the site location of the sidewalk
- location of on-street parking
- direction of travel lanes
- description of same improvements 100 feet to either side of the site
- location of eight (8) foot chain link fence
- location of covered sidewalk and details of construction in accordance with the NC State Building Code, Chapter 33
- site accessibility/ADA requirements in accordance with the NC Building Code and Section 10-2091, Pedestrian Access Chapter of the Raleigh City Code
- location of barricades
- location of traffic merge cones
- location of businesses affected by barricades and/or fences
- estimated timeframe for project
Right of Way and Bonding Permits
The Inspections Department manages the below types of project reviews for Right of Way and Bonding permit issuance. These projects include new installation and repair/replacement of existing structures. Chapter 33 of the NC State Building Code regulates construction site safeguards, barrier design requirements such as covered walkways, protection of adjoining property, temporary use of streets/alleys and public property. To open specific chapters of the code, click on the folder icon for the section you wish to read.
- Stub Permits
- Driveway Permits (Includes installation of new driveways and repair of existing driveways)
- Street Cut Permits
- Sidewalk Closures
- Street Pedestrian Crossings
- Retaining Walls
- Construction Site Safeguards for Pedestrians in work zones
- Covered walkways
- Construction Fencing
- Barricade Enforcement
- Handicap Site Accessibility
Right of Way and Street Closure Permits
The Public Works Department manages the below types of project reviews and permit issuance. These processes often require a Right of Way permit in addition to the Street Closure permit. If this is the case, you will be directed by staff to obtain the Right of Way permit with the Inspections Department.
- Temporary Street Closure Permits (involving parking lanes) - Contact Sherry Beville at 919-996-3030 located at Raleigh Municipal Building 222 W. Hargett Street, 4th Floor, Raleigh, NC. Most projects requiring parking lane closure for less than four (4) weeks does not require City Council approval. If expected project duration requires parking lane closure to extend beyond four (4) weeks, please allow 6-8 weeks for City Council approval and processing. The specifics of each project may determine when City Council approval is needed.
- Temporary Street Closure Permits (not involving parking lanes) - Contact Terry Phinizy or William Price at 919-996-4043 located at Raleigh Municipal Building 222 W. Hargett Street, 4th Floor, Raleigh, NC. Street closures that do not involve parking lanes are approved administratively by staff and do not require City Council approval
- Driveways - Contact Kenneth Ritchie at 919-996-2409 located at One Exchange Plaza, Suite 304, Raleigh NC. Site and plot plans are reviewed for the following plan elements: driveway locations and quantities, thoroughfare conflicts, parking lot layout, dumpster operation and placement, traffic signing/striping and control devices, vehicular stacking space areas, parking structures and internal traffic circulation details. For more information, please reference the Driveway Cuts process
When a new driveway is being installed connecting to any Raleigh street, the plan must be approved by the Public Works Department - Engineering Inspections Division. The Right of Way permit is the permit authorizing the driveway installation but the connection to the city street must also be approved by the Engineering Inspections Division. New driveways connecting to state maintained roads are reviewed and permitted directly by the NC Department of Transportation. It is preferable to have the DOT permit in hand prior to City of Raleigh plan review.
Tree Impact Permit
The Parks and Recreation Department has jurisdiction over trees growing in the city right of way including trees on streets, greenways, in city parks and other property owned or controlled by the City of Raleigh. This includes plan review, inspection, monitoring and enforcement associated with tree planting and maintenance.
A Tree Impact Permit is required for activities impacting trees existing on the city right of way and/or city owned or controlled property. This includes but is not limited to removal, pruning, trenching, boring, excavating, filling, fertilizing, treating for disease or insects, installing decorations and planting. Urban Forestry enforces the standards for planting and maintaining trees on property either owned or controlled by the City of Raleigh. Review the Urban Street Tree Planting Requirements on Public Property document for detailed requirements information.
For more information about Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry requirements, please contact Sally Thigpen at 919-996-4858.
Right of Way related questions, contact the specific expert below.
|To communicate with ROW plan reviewers for each trade simultaneously, please send email correspondence to: ROW@raleighnc.gov
|Development Services||Permit Application and Bond Form for Stub, Driveway Cut and Street Cut permits, Cornelia Stallings 919-996-2435; Fax 919-516-2689|
|Inspections||Sidewalk & Construction Safeguard Plan Review (Volume 1 Chapter 33); Site Accessibility requirements, Steve Luxton 919-996-2183
|Public Works||Construction Temporary Street Closure, Terry Phinizy 919-996-4035 or William Price 919-996-4043|
|Parking Lanes, Sherry Beville 919-996-3030|
|Driveways, Kenneth Ritchie 919-996-2409|
|City Planning||Downtown Overlay District, Carter Pettibone 919-807-8482|
||Apparatus Access, Steve Berry 919-796-9731|
|Parks & Recreation||Tree Impact, Urban Forester Zachary Manor @ email@example.com 919-996-4115|
Are there any prerequisites to this process?
- Contractor information (contractor license, contact information, etc.) must be complete, current and valid in the City of Raleigh Contractor file. Contact the Development Services Customer Service Center at 919-996-2495 to confirm the accuracy of all required data
- Contractor must have a City of Raleigh Business License, if work is being done within the Raleigh City Limits
- Contractor must have proof of Workers Compensation, if applicable
- City of Raleigh Certificate of Eligibility
- Performance Bond (Obtained from applicant's insurance company)
- Certificate of Insurance naming City of Raleigh as the certificate holder (Obtained from applicant's insurance company)
- Right of Way plans must be reviewed and approved prior to the issuance of Commercial building permit packages
- Right of Way plans must be reviewed and approved prior to scheduling an Express Review date
- City Council approval is required for commercial projects that require the closing of a traffic or parking lane for more than 30 days. Please allow time for this approval process
How do I start the process?
Complete a City of Raleigh Permit Application and submit it to the City of Raleigh Development Services Customer Service Center located at One Exchange Plaza, Suite 400, Raleigh NC.
What do I need to submit to the City?
|Required for Submittal||City of Raleigh Permit Application - Complete the Right of Way section
Four (4) sets of 11 X 14 Right of Way plans for commercial projects that encroach into the City Right of Way
Contractor Bond Form
|Required for Some Submittals||Application for Work on Public Way - Street Cut Form (This form is required only when Street Cuts are required in the ROW)
Driveway cuts only - See Driveway Cuts process
Where can I find additional information?
- ROW vs Street Cut Permits (Which one should you apply for?)
- Accommodating Pedestrians in Work Zones - Type III Barricades Brochure
- NC State Building Code Section 1104 (Accessible Route); Section 3306 (Protection of Pedestrians)
- ANSI A117.1 Accessible and Useable Buildings and Facilities
- Public Right of Way Guidelines
- ADA Guidelines
- Call NC 811
- 2003 Edition of the MUTCD with Revision
- 2003 Edition Rev. 1 Change List
Where do I submit my application?
For Commercial Project Right of Way plans:
All commercial plans should be submitted to the Development Services Customer Service Center.
What additional documents may be needed?
- Certificate of Appropriateness (Historic Districts & Landmarks), if site is in a historic district
What are the keys to success?
- Ensure above prerequisites are met
- Communicate with staff to determine when it is necessary to obtain a Right of Way permit in addition to street and lane closure permits
What fees are involved and when do I pay them?
How long will this process take?
- Right of Way permits can be processed in approximately 15-30 minutes, if client chooses to stay and wait for them
- Applications may also be dropped off for processing and picked up at a later date
- Right of Way permits associated with Commercial Building projects must be submitted either in advance of the building plans or as part of the Building Plans Submittal Package
- Right of Way permits associated with an Express project must be reviewed and approved prior to scheduling an Express date