Right of Way
Who Needs a Right-of-Way Permit
General public improvements consisting of construction, reconstruction and remodeling of storm drains, irrigation ditches, fire lines, sewer and water lines (including new services and/or repairs on private property between the property line and the building), sewer and water mains, curb and gutters, sidewalks, streets, potholing, boring, traffic-control devices and similar improvements which are constructed on public rights-of-way, easements and other public property. All right-of-way permits can only be issued to a contractor that carries a current Municipal General Contractor license with the City of Arvada Engineering.
Before You Apply
Please visit the appropriate permitting page below, as well as the City's Construction Projects and Street Cut Moratorium maps.
- City Construction Projects
- If proposed work is near a project on this map, the applicant must coordinate with the City to minimize damage and avoid interference with the work. Email the permit team for information.
- City Street Cut Moratorium
- If proposed work affects streets highlighted on this map, a permit is subject to approval and may require special asphalt restoration requirements.
- Visit the Street Cut Moratorium page for more information about work on a street in moratorium.
These permits must be applied for online. Choose the appropriate category below to learn more.
These permits are required for work in the right-of-way or easement that includes asphalt patching, flatwork, paving, milling, traffic control devices (signs, striping, pavement markings, etc), wet tap and wet utilities for any development in the City of Arvada that has been approved by the Development Engineer for construction.
These permits are required for work that includes new or replacement of gas, phone, conduit, fiber, cable or electrical services that are being installed in the public right-of-way, easement or other public property.
These permits are required for contractors doing flatwork replacement in the right-of-way for single family or commercial properties in the City of Arvada. This type of work includes combination curb and gutter, detached walk, vertical curb and gutter, crosspans, ADA ramps and sidewalk chase drains.
These permits are required for contractors doing landscape, tree trimming, fencing, guard rail, etc. that need traffic control set up in the City of Arvada street but are not physically disturbing the right-of-way.
These permits are required for the installation, repair or disconnects of water and sewer services for residential and commercial either in the street, parking lot or yard and are to be obtained per individual address.
The City of Arvada oversees construction sites within their jurisdiction to minimize the potential for pollutants to leave the site, including sediment. A Site Disturbance Permit is issued to owners, developers, contractors, or builders who must install and maintain adequate best management practices (BMPs) to control pollutants.
Any open trench excavation or potholing of utilities in the pavement of any public right-of-way for a period of three years from completion of construction or resurfacing, requires approval.
Floodplain Development Permits
If your property is in a floodplain, a floodplain development permit may be required in order to build on, alter, regrade, or fill your property. Always check with the Engineering Division prior to construction.
This permit may be required to ensure that your project does not cause problems on other properties. The permit application (PDF) can be obtained through the Engineering Division. View the Floodplain Regulations in the Arvada Land Development Code to learn how to build responsibly in a high-hazard flood zone. If you have any questions please contact the Engineering Division at 720-898-7640. View an interactive floodplain map and find additional information on the Flood Preparedness page.
Sidewalk Chase Drains
Sidewalk chase drains help direct runoff from a property directly to the curb. A Right-of-Way Permit is required to install a chase drain. Please find more information on the Sidewalk Chase Drains page.
In order to efficiently serve our community the City of Arvada Engineering Division started collecting use tax on every right-of-way permit at the time of permit issuance in 2019. This change simplifies the tax payment process for both contractors and the City as taxes will be collected up front instead of after the project has been completed.
- Fees are calculated on the job value provided on your application.
- Sales and Use Tax is required by law on all materials and equipment incorporated in or used in the performance of the work.
- The contractor/developer is subject to audits on these taxes.
Once the permit is issued, please use the permit when purchasing goods and materials for your project. If you are an Arvada Business License holder you can submit your Business license number for quarterly reporting. If the project is tax exempt, you will need to include your project specific tax exempt form.
All contractors must have a current General Municipal Contractor license and be in good standing with the City of Arvada to obtain a permit. Visit the Municipal General Contractor page for more information.
The Colorado 811 locate confirmation number must be entered on all applications.
All utilities must be identified through the locate process prior to excavation of soil, including boring. In the event that a City Utility cannot be located within the specified boundaries of the request area; the contractor/excavator will be notified by email and/or phone of a mandatory on-site meeting to discuss alternate measures for protecting the utility. No excavation of soil, including boring, is permitted until the on-site meeting has taken place and all utilities have been located. Failure to comply will be deemed unreasonable action by the contractor/excavator and may result in the contractor/excavator assuming all liability for damages to such utilities.
- Red: Electric power lines, cables, conduit, and lighting cables
- Blue: Drinking water
- Orange: Telecommunication, alarm or signal lines, cables, or conduit
- Purple: Reclaimed water, irrigation, and slurry lines
- Yellow: Natural gas, oil, steam, petroleum, or other gaseous, or flammable material
- Pink: Temporary survey markings, unknown/unidentified facilities
- Green: Sewers and drain lines
- White: Proposed excavation limits or route
Inspections are completed on a daily basis Monday through Friday between 8 am and 3 pm, and must be scheduled online by 6 am the desired day of inspection. Inspections must be scheduled for every day that crews are working. To schedule inspections please visit Arvada Permits and login with your Arvada contractor license number (AEC Number) and password. For step by step instructions, please visit our Scheduling Inspections page. If an inspection must be cancelled, please notify the Engineering Permit Team via phone or email to avoid a re-inspection fee.
Full closure of a residential street can be obtained through the regular permitting process. Please note that a traffic control plan will need to be submitted with your right-of-way application for review by our permitting team. The review process for this type of application is 1 to 3 business days. Please reach out to the Engineering Permit Team with any questions at 720-898-7640.
Special Inspections Request
Work that will be inspected during non-city business hours, including Saturdays and Holidays, need to be requested and approved in advance. Please send your inspection requests to the Engineering Division at least two (2) business day prior to your desired work date by using the Saturday Request Form.
Full closure of a residential street can be obtained through the regular permitting process. Please note that a traffic control plan will need to be submitted with your right-of-way application for review by our permitting team. The review process for this type of application is 1-3 business days. Please reach out to the Engineering Permit Team with any questions at 720-898-7640
For closures involving Development or Capital Improvement Projects in the City of Arvada, please reach out to your Development Engineer or Project Manager in order to initiate a request. You will need to provide the following information in your request:
- Project name and address
- Permit number and job number
- Dates and times of closure
- Scope of work to be completed
- On Site contact information
- Verify if the closure being requested is to remain in place 24 hours or reopen after work hours.
- Approval from any impacted parties (Schools, RTD, CDOT, etc…)
- Proposed detour plan/traffic control plans
Please note that non-residential road closures require approval of the Public Works director and so must be submitted a minimum of 5 days in advance of the desired work date.