All public streets are located on land that is called "right-of-way". The right-of-way usually extends beyond the paved area of street and can include sidewalks, driveway approaches and utility lines. With few exceptions, permits are required from the Public Works Department to perform any construction activity. Additional permits, applications and licenses can be accessed through the Planning Department.
Driveway Permit: A driveway permit is required if you are creating a new driveway, rebuilding, widening, or changing the use of an existing driveway (e.g. residential to farm). Driveways are reviewed for width, proximity to adjacent streets or driveways, slope, material and drainage. If you're changing the approach of your driveway to where it meets the right-of-way you will also need a driveway permit or request an exemption from the driveway permit.
Erosion Control Permit: All projects that disturb or expose 200 sq. ft. or more of soil on public or private property must obtain the appropriate erosion control permit. Soil disturbances include stump removal/cleaning, excavating, grading, landscaping, or other construction activity that impacts the soil. The City offers four different erosion control permits based on the size of the project and/or soil disturbance. For more information, please refer to the City's Erosion Control Program webpage or review the Erosion Control Ordinance.
Right-of-Way Permit: If the street must be cut or bored (e.g. in order to install a sewer line), a right-of-way permit is required, and the construction work may only be performed by a licensed contractor. All excavation or fill within the public right-of-way requires a right-of-way permit and prior approval from the Public Works Department. Any construction activity which temporarily changes the vehicular or pedestrian traffic flow requires a traffic plan to be included with your right-of-way permit application.
Each of the above permits should be filed at the Public Works Department front desk, located inside the City Hall Building at 930 Chemawa Rd. NE. Please be sure to include a site plan or detailed map indicating work to be performed.