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

Prior to applying for a permit, any person planning to excavate in the City's right-of-way shall review the City's Construction Projects and Street Cut Moratorium maps. If proposed construction falls within these designated areas, the applicant will coordinate with the City Project Engineer, to minimize damage and avoid undue disruption and interference with the public use of such right-of-way.

Permit Types & How to Obtain Them

These permits must be applied for online.

Dry Utility

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. This work may include but is not limited to:

  • Boring
  • Bore Pits
  • Overhead Utility - Private
  • Underground Utility - Private (Gas lines and mains, conduit, etc.)
  • Potholing (Test Holes) - Street, Concrete, Landscape
  • Vaults
  • Asphalt and concrete patching or repair

Sewer & Water Service Installations, Repairs or Disconnects

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.

Flatwork Replacement

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.

Row Access Only

These permits are required for contractors doing landscape, tree trimming, fencing, guard rails, etc. that need traffic control set up in the City of Arvada street but are not disturbing the right-of-way.

Development Permits are created internally and emailed to the developer/contractor after several conditions have been met (please refer to the following information).

Development Permits

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.

Additional Information

  1. Sales and Use Tax

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.

  1. Licensing Requirements
  1. Locates
  1. Inspections
  1. Residential Road Closure Requests
  1. Non-Residential Road Closure Requests