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Right-of-Way Permitting

Right-of-Way Obstructions and Street Cut Permits

Last updated Mar. 04, 2017 - 9:39 am

Any contractor performing construction and repair work in the public right-of-way is required to provide a Certificate of Eligibility and a maximum $5,000.00 bond.

For further information see Raleigh Municipal Code section 11-6001 Permit and regulations for working in, upon, over, under or adjacent to the streets and sidewalks and supply this Contractor Bond Form to the Development Services Customer Service Center. Please contact rightofwayservices@raleighnc.gov for guidance.

Permits for working in the City of Raleigh:

NOTE: No Right-of-Way Obstruction Application is required on private streets in Raleigh's Jurisdiction. See this interactive map for State, City and private streets.

A Right-of-Way Obstruction Application is required when any Street, Lane, Sidewalk closure, detour, or Parking Space use for construction is proposed within the City of Raleigh's jurisdiction. Some projects will require notifications to Emergency Services, Businesses, and Residences

Please download and save the Right-of-Way Obstruction Permit Application, complete, and send to rightofwayservices@raleighnc.gov along with any required support documentation outlined for each work type. Allow three to five business days for any review and approval. Full Street Closures require submittal of Application and Plans, a minimum of three weeks prior to proposed start date.


NOTE: No Street Cut Permit (Work on Public Ways) is required on private streets in Raleigh's Jurisdiction. Street Cut Permits are required for any City maintained road and sidewalk, and sidewalk on NCDOT roads. See this interactive map for State, City and private streets.

A Street Cut Permit (Work on Public Ways), is required for any excavation, repair, or replacement of existing infrastructure within the public right-of-way. The permit may cover either an address or a block of street for multiple addresses.

Please submit the completed Street Cut Permit (Work on Public Ways) to nextdaypermits@raleighnc.gov. Allow two to three business days for approval. The permit must be picked up and paid for at the Development Services Customer Service Center. Please call 919-996-2495 for any information or request the approved permits at FieldServices@raleighnc.gov.

A Right-of-Way Permit for any Private Development Project, stub permits for water and sewer service installation, new sidewalk, driveway, or streetscape construction, can be issued with this standard Permit Application along with any other permits to complete the project. Please contact rightofwayservices@raleighnc.gov for any guidance for the work in the right-of-way.

Helpful Permit Information

Right-of-Way Obstruction Permit:

No person shall engage in any work or activity which obstructs any street, lane, sidewalk, or other public place without a valid permit.

  • Please read the Right-of-Way Provisions and ensure your work site complies. It is an acknowledgement on the Application that must be checked for approval
  • The Contractor is responsible for compliance with all Local, State, and Federal requirements and shall comply with the standard of the American Disability Act and the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control.
  • Please apply only for the dates and duration needed.
  • When a permit expires and the work is not completed, an extension can be granted within 72 hours. Send the Right-of-Way Obstruction Application to rightofwayservices@raleighnc.gov and specify in Work Description that this is an extension request and provide the previous permit number (XXXX-2016-LC)
  • You can apply for a work area along multiple continuous streets if the work encompasses one project
  • A map or plan must be submitted for any installation in the right-of-way.
  • Do not handwrite or scan the Right-of-Way Obstruction Application and send it in. If the application is filled out electronically and emailed to rightofwayservices@raleighnc.gov, it can be processed faster.
Street Cut Permits

Permits must be issued for any of the activities described below to ensure proper compliance with all standard Local, State, and Federal requirements
  • No person shall make any excavation or opening or dig any ditch, trench, tunnel or hole in, along, across or under any street, sidewalk or other public place for the purpose of laying or placing therein any pipe, wires, pole or for any other purposes.
  • No person shall grade, construct, pave or otherwise improve or repair or undertake the grading, construction, paving, improvement or repair of any street or sidewalk or other public place, including the construction, extension, paving or repair of any driveway which extends over or within the boundaries of any street, sidewalk or street right-of-way.
  • No person shall engage in the erection, construction, repair, demolition, renovation, maintenance or any other work or activity in or upon, over, under or adjacent to or within five (5) feet horizontally of any street, sidewalk or other public property within the City outside of any permanent building.
Right-of-Way Permits
  • Right-of-Way Permits are required for construction of a new sidewalk, driveway, or streetscape, modification of a sidewalk or driveway, or installation of water and/or sewer services.

Full Street Closures

Full Street Closure

A full street closure is designed to eliminate the exposure of motorists to work zones, while providing a safe working environment for workers by temporarily closing a street or facility for construction or maintenance. During a full street closure, traffic is detoured, allowing workers full access to roadway facilities and ensuring that motorists and City Services are rerouted properly to their destinations around the work area.

Required Documentation (must be submitted a minimum of three weeks prior to beginning of work):

The submittal of the following documentation does not guarantee an approval, only a review:

  • Right-of-Way Obstruction Permit Application 
  • Traffic Control and Detour Plan, and Pedestrian Detour Plan in accordance with MUTCD and ADA requirements.
  • Memorandum outlining  the proposed work and logistics
  • A notification to all residences and business owners impacted by the work must be sent at least two weeks prior to the start of work.  
  • Any additional permit applications (please check with rightofwayservices@raleighnc.gov)

Depending on the type of work that encompasses the full street closure, additional Plans and Permits from the Development Services Guide may need to be approved.

Lane Closures

A lane closure involves the occupation of a lane during projects but not closing the street off completely. This can be in the form of a flagging operation, lane merges, or other traffic shifts to allow traffic to still move and not close the street.  This does include shoulder work, as equipment may need to be moved, and possibly stored alongside a shoulder of a road.

Required Documentation (must be submitted 3 to 5 business days prior to beginning of work):

The submittal of the following documentation does not guarantee an approval, only a review:

  • Right-of-Way Obstruction Permit Application 
  • Traffic Control and Pedestrian Plan in accordance with MUTCD and ADA
    • Required if the work impacts times outside the standard allowable work hours
    • Required if the work impacts an existing work zone (could create conflicting work areas
    • Required if a lane has to be closed due to equipment location
  • Any additional permit applications (please check with rightofwayservices@raleighnc.gov)
Depending on the type of work that encompasses the lane closure, additional Plans and Permits from the Development Services Guide may need to be approved.

Sidewalk Obstructions and Pedestrian Routing

Type III Barricade with tap rail on the bottom

A sidewalk can be obstructed temporarily for the contractor to perform work. The Contractor should strive to keep the sidewalk accessible, but due to the nature of construction a sidewalk closure permit may need to be obtained. Any obstruction in the sidewalk must be approved prior to the setup of the work area.

Required Documentation (must be submitted 3 to 5 business days prior to beginning of work):

The submittal of the following documentation does not guarantee an approval, only a review:

  • If the sidewalk obstruction proposes scaffolding or overhead protection in the right-of-way, please use the Standard Permit Application to acquire all Building, Electrical, and Right-of-Way Permits.
    • A Pedestrian Routing Plan must be included
  • Any additional permit applications (please check with rightofwayservices@raleighnc.gov)
Depending on the type of work that encompasses the sidewalk obstruction, additional plans and permits from the Development Services Guide may need to be approved.

Use of Parking Spaces (Construction Vehicles, Storage Devices, Temporary Dumpsters)

Right-of-Way Services and ParkLink can issue permits for legal parking spaces, to be utilized for Dumpsters, Portable Storage Devices, or operations that require parking areas for setup.

Any request for parking passes for construction vehicles, moving vans, or other type of vehicles can be obtained by ParkLink directly.

Required Documentation (must be submitted 3 to 5 business days prior to beginning of work):

The submittal of the following documentation does not guarantee an approval, only a review:

Depending on the type of work that encompasses the lane closure, additional plans and permits from the Development Services Guide may need to be approved.

Timed or Paid Spaces:
The client will receive notification that the permit has been approved and can be picked up at the ParkLink Office at 421 Fayetteville Street, Bank of America Building. The street level office is located on Wilmington Street in One Bank of America Plaza, directly across from the Cabarrus Street intersection.
The client will receive a parking pass at that time that shows Parking Enforcement Staff in the field that the permit has been approved. The pass must be clearly displayed at all times while occupying the space(s).
Any reservation of spaces by staff requires a minimum of 72 hour prior approval and payment of fees.

Regular Parking Spaces:
Right-of-Way Services does not issue permits for regular parking spaces. Please visit ParkLink for parking passes for any construction vehicles.

Park Link - City of Raleigh Parking Program

Emergency and Maintenance Work (Utility Companies)

It is understood that Utility Companies must maintain and service the existing infrastructure that is located in the public right-of-way. In case of an emergency, or if maintenance is required for existing infrastructure. The following companies may utilize the Online Notification System:

  • Duke Energy
  • PSNC
  • Time Warner Cable/Charter
  • AT&T

This will ensure that repairs and services are provided in a timely manner. The Online Notification System is an automatic notification and approval for a permit with conditions.

This is an electronic approval for work that does not involve any ground disturbance, only access to utilities. If the representative of the company determines in the field that additional work is required, a Street Cut (Work on Public Ways) Permit will be required. The Street Cut Permit must be submitted to the Customer Service Center through nextdaypermits@raleighnc.gov.

City and State Projects

The City of Raleigh and NCDOT maintains infrastructures in the right-of-way, and is responsible for the replacement, maintenance, and construction of streets and sidewalk, utilities, and landscaping in the right-of-way.

The Departments listed below, or the approved Contractor for the City of Raleigh may utilize the Online Notification System to notify Right-of-Way Services when projects or work commences.

  • City of Raleigh Engineering Services Department
  • City of Raleigh Transportation Department
  • City of Raleigh Public Utilities
  • City of Raleigh Community Development
  • City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation and Cultural Resources
  • NCDOT and Wake County

This is an automatic notification to Right-of-Way Services and provides an approval with conditions. If the contractor performs work at different points along a project at different times, an update must be provided over the system where the work will be during the specified time period.

Existing Driveway or Sidewalk Replacement

A private property owner that wishes to replace an old or damaged driveway must obtain any and all permits required. The process can be completed by the owner or contractor.

  • All concrete work requires a pre-pour inspection with a Right-of-Way Inspector. See the Right-of-Way Services Inspector Work Area Map for contact information.
  • The City of Raleigh does not permit driveway replacements on private streets.
  • If an existing driveway is modified and not replaced like for like, or if a new driveway is proposed, see the Driveway Cuts Article.

Existing driveway replacement - When a home owner or contractor wishes to replace the driveway like for like, the following permits are required:

Existing sidewalk replacement - When a property owner wishes to have broken or hazardous sidewalk along their property replaced, please use the Sidewalk Repair Request to apply to the City for repair.

Concrete or Asphalt Repairs

When there is a need for concrete or asphalt repairs to streets or sidewalks, all work must be in compliance with all City and/or State Standards.

Asphalt or concrete repairs:

The submittal of the following documentation does not guarantee an approval, only a review:

Telecommunication

Fiber optics are essential to businesses and private residences and part of the overall communications infrastructure. Right-of-Way Services Inspectors review and sign off on the installation and provide customer service when contractors are installing fiber optics in the right of way.

Required Documentation (must be submitted 3 to 5 business days prior to beginning of work):

The submittal of the following documentation does not guarantee an approval, only a review:

  • Right-of-Way Obstruction Permit Application
  • A map or plan showing the installation path of the fiber optics lines, vaults and/or conduits
    • No RW Obstruction Application is required for a service line to a single home from a pedestal. See permitting for drops and services under bullet points for street cut permits.
  • Street Cut (Work on Public Ways) Permit
    • The application can be submitted with the RW Obstruction Permit Application to rightofwayservices@raleighnc.gov or separately to nextdaypermits@raleighnc.gov
    • At this time, a street cut permit must be submitted for each street segment affected by the project, including cul-de-sacs.
    • A street cut permit must be submitted for any street or sidewalk repairs that were caused by the installation (i.e. road humps, broken driveways, or sidewalks) See Concrete and Asphalt Repairs.
    • Drops or services to homes require a permit if the cable runs parallel to the sidewalk within the right-of-way to adjacent properties. No street cut permit is required if the service extends from the pedestal perpendicular to the residence.
  • A pre-construction meeting with the Right-of-Way Services Coordinator in Permitting is required if the work impacts sidewalks within high volume pedestrian areas (Downtown, Glenwood South, Hillsborough Street).
  • A pre-construction meeting with the Right-of-Way Services Coordinator in Permitting and the City's Project Manager and their contractor is required if the work impacts any City of Raleigh Project.

Utility Work (Gas and Power)

Gas and Power Companies maintain infrastructure in the right-of-way and ensure that businesses and residences needs for the utilities are met.

When a utility company has to install new infrastructure or replace existing mains, the following required documentation must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the proposed start date:

The submittal of the following documentation does not guarantee an approval, only a review:

  • Right-of-Way Obstruction Permit Application
    • A map or plan showing the installation path of the Electrical or Gas lines
    • Required if the installation involves new lines or replacement
  • Traffic Control and Pedestrian Plan in accordance with MUTCD and ADA
    • Required if the work impacts times outside the standard allowable work hours
    • Required if the work impacts an existing work zone (could create conflicting work areas)
    • Required if a lane has to be closed for multiple days due to logistics
  • Street Cut (Work on Public Ways) Permit
    • The application can be submitted with the RW Permit Application to rightofwayservices@raleighnc.gov or separately to nextdaypermits@raleighnc.gov)
    • At this time, a street cut permit must be submitted for each street segment affected by the project, including cul-de-sacs.
    • A street cut permit must be submitted for any ancillary repairs that were caused by the work (road humps, broken driveways or sidewalks, etc.)
  • A pre-construction meeting with the Right-of-Way Services Coordinator in Permitting is required if the work impacts sidewalks in high volume pedestrian areas (Downtown, Glenwood South, Hillsborough Street).
  • A pre-construction meeting with the Right-of-Way Services Coordinator in Permitting and the City's Project Manager and their contractor is required if the work impacts any City of Raleigh Project.

Private Development Projects (Traffic Control and Pedestrian Plans)

Private Development Projects can range from a facade alteration to a high rise project in downtown, to new buildings and infrastructure installation throughout the City.

When the right-of-way is affected, a Traffic Control Plan and Pedestrian Routing Plan must be reviewed and approved prior to any occupation or work that affects the right-of-way. Private Development Plans may require a combination of all the different closure types.

Required Documentation (The plans and permits must be approved prior to any obstruction or work that affects the right-of-way):

The submittal of the following documentation does not guarantee an approval, only a review:

Prior to any Plan submittal, it is recommended that a meeting be set up with the Right-of-Way Services Coordinator in Permitting to discuss the projects traffic control and pedestrian routing.


Crane Operations

Crane setup operations may be necessary for the following work types, but not limited to:

  • Hoist materials or equipment onto tall buildings or structures
  • Set up and take down Construction Cranes
  • Perform tree removals
  • Perform building maintenance.

Right-of-Way Services can require that off duty Police Officers be in place for traffic control on a case by case basis. The client must have the Officers in place 5 business days prior to the commencement of the operation. Contact Raleigh Police Department (Special Operations Division), Kyle Patchin 919-996-1017, or Julie Strickland at 919-996-1119.

Required Documentation (must be submitted 10 business days prior to beginning of work):

The submittal of the following documentation does not guarantee an approval, only a review:

  • Right-of-Way Obstruction Permit Application
  • Traffic Control and Pedestrian Plan in accordance with MUTCD and ADA
    • Required if the work impacts any marked roadway
    • Required if the crane set up requires a Full Street Closure
    • No Traffic Control Plan is required if the work encompasses an unmarked street and allows for a lane closure or flagging operation, thus allowing traffic to pass safely.
  • Any additional permit applications (please check with rightofwayservices@raleighnc.gov)
Depending on the type of work that encompasses the lane closure, additional Plans and Permits from the Development Services Guide may need to be approved.

House and Oversized Equipment Transport

A permit to move oversized equipment or a home through Raleigh's Jurisdiction may be required if the item or commodity meets the following requirements per NCDOT:

  • Total width is over 8'6",
  • Overall height is greater than 13'6",
  • A single vehicle is over 40' or vehicle combination is over 60' in length, or
    (Exception: truck tractor/48-foot semi-trailer combination with no overall length limitation is allowed on all roads and truck tractor/53-foot semi-trailer combination, with no overall length limitation is allowed on all North Carolina primary (NC,US,Interstate) routes unless restricted.)
  • Weight exceeds legal weight by NC law
The permit application must be reviewed by the Police Department and the Traffic Signal Supervisor prior to the move. City of Raleigh Traffic Personnel may have to adjust the height of traffic signals and travel with the transport during the move.

Required Documentation (must be submitted 10 business days prior to the operation):

The submittal of the following documentation does not guarantee an approval, only a review:

  • Approved NCDOT Permit for Oversize/Overweight Equipment
    • NCDOT now requires a pre-approval from the Jurisdiction. Please contact rightofwayservices@raleighnc.gov for a pre-approval
    • The route and work details must be presented to the Right-of-Way Services Coordinator in Permitting prior to pre-approval
  • House Move Permit Application
    • The Application must be filled out in its entirety and approved and signed by Transportation and Police Department before submittal for permits
  • Permit Application
    • If the home/equipment is moved through the City of Raleigh without a setup in our jurisdiction, a Right-of-Way Permit will be issued. If a home is set up in Raleigh's Jurisdiction, additional permits will be required and a Right-of-Way Permit will be issued

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