Dry Utility

About This Permit

Dry utility permits are needed to install, modify, or maintain new or replacement gas, phone, conduit, fiber, cable or electrical services that are in the public right-of-way and easements. 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, maintenance holes, and hand holes
  • Restoration or repair related to the above work (i.e., asphalt, concrete, landscape, etc.)

Before You Apply

Please review the permitting requirements 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.

Required Licensing 

Permits will only be issued to contractors that have a valid active General Municipal Contractor’s license with the City of Arvada. 

The listed permittee is responsible for all subcontractors and anything that occurs onsite. A list of all subcontractors and their contact information is required to be submitted with each application. If you have question, please contact the permit team for more information.

Submitting Your Application

Applications are completed online through Arvada Permits. You will be required to upload your submittal documents to apply.

Required Documents

Documents must be attached to the permit application. If the required documents are not attached the application will not be accepted.

Maps of City-owned facilities can be obtained through Colorado 811 (see below) by requesting an Engineering Locate.

After initial reviews, additional data may be requested if work is within the vicinity of critical crossings. Critical crossings are determined by a City representative.

Project Site Plan

Label the following items on an aerial image of the proposed jobsite. 

  • Property and Right-of-Way lines
  • Street labels - Address of at least 1 house per page
  • Existing public infrastructure impacted
    • Existing City of Arvada Utilities / Fiber
  • Erosion Control Measures in accordance with Colorado Clean Water Act
  • Proposed Utility Layout
    • Bore Line, length and location
    • Test hole locations (street, concrete, landscape) 
    • Bore pit/excavation location(s) and cut sizes (street, concrete, landscape)
    • Identify and label horizontal clearances to other utilities

Traffic Control Plan

  • Must show specific location including an address or intersection of where the work will be completed
  • Must conform to MUTCD and City of Arvada Standards
  • Include pedestrian detours if sidewalks or crosswalks are affected
  • Traffic control plans may be individually created or a current City of Arvada Traffic Control (PDF) drawing from the Engineering Code of Standards and Specifications may be used
    • Streets names must be included for clarity
  • If in CDOT Right-of-Way a copy of your approved CDOT permit will be required

Dry Utility Quantity Worksheet

  • Complete this worksheet to indicate the total quantities of the project. This is a required document with your application


Utility Locate Confirmation

Colorado 811 locates are the contractor's responsibility to obtain prior to work starting. Request an 811 Engineering Locate for plan design. Directional boring companies must flag or paint bore paths for locating efficiency and effectiveness.


Permit fees vary for the type of work being completed. Fees will be applied to the permit once the permit has been reviewed, please reference the adopted fee schedule for a complete list of right-of-way permitting fees.

Sales & Use Tax

All sales and use tax will be paid at permit issuance. Please provide the complete job value at the time of application. 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.

Review Timelines

Applications for Right-of-Way construction require a minimum of 2 business days for initial review. Reviews and processing can take up to 7 business days for approval. The applicant will need to monitor their email for additional requirements. Start the online application.

Permit Issuance

Once the permit has been reviewed and approved, an email confirmation will be sent to the applicant. Payments can be made by credit card through Arvada Permits. You can also send checks or money orders to Arvada City Hall attention Engineering, 8101 Ralston Road Arvada, CO 80002. All approved attachments must be printed and available on the job site.


Inspections are completed on a daily basis Monday through Friday between 8 am and 3 pm, and must be scheduled online by 6 am of the desired day of inspection. To schedule inspections, please visit Arvada Permits and login with your Arvada Contractor license (AEC Number) and password.

When scheduling inspections, select one of the following:

  • Dry Utility - for all work except restoration
  • ROW Asphalt - for restoration
  • ROW Concrete - for restoration

Special Inspection Requests

Work that requires inspection during non-city business hours, including Saturdays and holidays, need to be requested and approved in advance using the Saturday Request Form. Please send your inspection requests to the Engineering Division at least two (2) business days prior to your desired work date.

Plan Revisions

Plan revisions must be uploaded to the active permit in eTrakit for review and approval prior to proceeding with revised work. Any work performed without approval will result in a stop work order.

Closing the Permit

The permit will be closed once the final inspection has been approved. Please indicate final inspection when scheduling. Log in to Arvada Permits for updates. Permits with asphalt and / or concrete replacement will be subjected to a two year warranty. At final inspection, if repairs are needed the contractor will be required to complete the repair within 14 days of notice.


A final warranty inspection will be completed for asphalt and concrete restoration if applicable within 1 year and 10 months of closing the permit. The general contractor will be notified by the City of Arvada Engineering Division if repairs must be made prior to final acceptance of work.