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Street Opening Permits

Do I Need a Street Opening Permit?

Any excavation or work being done in the city right of way requires a permit from the Public Works Department. If you are unsure if you are working in the city right-of-way, please contact our Engineer Technician, Andrew Kavanagh, to provide you with assistance. This work can also include stone wall and fence installations as well as mailboxes. 

The best way of determining if you will be working in the city right-of-way is to find your property pins, as the width varies from street to street. Should anyone install any type of obstruction within the right-of-way without permission, it must be removed at the owner's expense. 

Street Opening Process (Effective July 2017)
The Street opening permit process was amended and approved by City Council. Any Contractor doing work within the public right-of-way is required to become licensed within the City. There are 2
separate license applications. Paving contractors and Excavator Contractors each file a separate license. The applications are available below and will require an application fee along with either a bond or escrow to be set up per year the contractor wishes to perform work within the city right of way.

Excavator Application
Paving Contractor Application
Sample Bond Language

We will post an approved contractor list periodically to help individuals locate excavators or pavers who are already licensed in the City

Licensed Paving & Excavating Contractors  

City Code - Chapter 186: Streets and Sidewalks
Please read over the codes carefully to ensure all regulations are followed. Codes also display a fee schedule.
City code regarding permits (you'll need to search for "New Laws" after you arrive at this link and select Amendment to Ch 186)

Dig Safe Notification
Please also note that any excavation within the right of way or on private property requires you to notify all of the surrounding utilities to mark out there infrastructure.  Please see our Dig Safe / Utility Mark Out Notification page for more information.

Street Application Permit
Download Street Opening Application form

For questions regarding the street opening application process, contact Andrew Kavanagh at or (207)284-6641.