Work in the Right-of-Way Permit

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 A "Work in the Right-of-Way" permit is required whenever work will be done in the City of Longmont right-of-way. Work includes constructing, enlarging, altering, repairing, moving, improving, removing, excavating, converting, or demolishing any public improvements or common facilities. This permit lets the City know what work is being done and provides a way for the City to monitor and inspect the work.

Permits will be issued and staff assistance will be available during the following times:
  • Monday - Friday, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Please contact Development Services with any questions.

What is City Right-of-Way?

Right-of-Way is property controlled by the City for the use of the public as a way for traffic to travel. Traffic can mean vehicles or pedestrians. The right-of-way is the street, sidewalk, curb and gutter, or alley. Note that the right-of-way is not just the paved portion but the entire width from private property line to private property line.

How much does a permit cost?

Permit Fee - $10.00

Initial Plan Review:

  • 60 Minute Maximum - $25.00
  • Additional Plan Review - $25.00/hour

Construction Inspection:

  • Three Inspections per Permit - $30.00
  • Additional Inspections - $25.00/hour

Most permits will cost $40.00. Additional inspections and/or plan review may require an additional $25 fee.

NOTE:  There is no application for a Work in the Right-of-Way permitStaff will complete the application process in office with the required documents listed.

Who Applies?

Normally, the contractor performing the work applies for the permit. It is possible for a contractor to apply for a permit for work to be performed by subcontractors, this can minimize the number of permits required for large projects involving many subcontractors. All contractors, including City departments, applying for the permit must have the required paperwork.

Required Documents

  • Approved Traffic Control Plan, if applicable
  • Current liability insurance with the City of Longmont listed as an "additional insured"

The City will issue the applicant the Work in the Right-of-Way Permit. Along with the permit, the applicant shall supply a reasonably accurate drawing/plan showing the location and nature of the work to be done, along with any supporting documents, that will make the permit self explanatory.

Traffic Control Plan

A traffic control plan meeting City requirements must be supplied if work impedes vehicular and bicycle traffic or disrupts pedestrian walkways. A 24 hour minimum processing time is needed for Public Works and Natural Resources staff to review and approve traffic control plans. All traffic control plans shall be in accordance with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), latest edition. Assistance with traffic control plans will be available during permit hours only. Please provide contact names, contractor name, phone numbers, location, type of work, limits of work and estimated dates for beginning and ending construction activity.  Additional information needed are the width of streets involved, traffic lanes, the size and location of the work areas including distance from the curb, distance to the intersection and proposed traffic control devices.

Insurance Requirements

Before a Right-of-way permit is issued, the applicant shall provide current information including a Certificate of Insurance for:

  • Commercial General Liability
  • Limits:  $350,000 / person, $990,000/occurrence

The Certificate of Insurance shall explicitly name the City of Longmont Public Works & Natural Resources as additional insured with the following address referenced:

  • City of Longmont, Public Works & Natural Resources, 385 Kimbark Street, Longmont, CO 80501

Insurance certificates in electronic format may be e-mailed to

Please refer to City of Longmont Municipal Code: Title 13 – Streets, Sidewalks and Public Places, Chapter 13.04.010 for additional information.

How long does it take?

If there is current liability insurance on file with the City of Longmont Public Works Division, the City may require a 24-hour processing time for all permits. Filing of any more complex applications could take up to five working days with typical permits approved at the time of application. For state utility or Infrastructure Permits within the City limits, please allow a 2-4 week turn around time.

There are two items which could cause delays in permit approval:

  • Insurance documents which do not conform to the requirements listed above.
  • Failure to provide an adequate traffic control plan.

Once I've got the permit, is there anything else?

For more information/detailed drawings, refer to the City of Longmont Design Standards and Construction Specifications.

The contractor should contact the inspector noted on the permit a day before beginning any work. If there are any questions regarding City requirements, please contact the inspector. No excavation work shall commence until the Utility Notification Center has been notified and utilities are located.

At the conclusion of the work, the inspector should be called for a final inspection. Please allow a 24-hour notice.

Permit applications for private infrastructure (i.e. underdrain systems or fiber optics) will require both a Work in the Right-of-Way permit and Infrastructure Permit. An Infrastructure Permit will require additional review time, fees, and added requirements.

If right-of-way work is to be done on a state highway, a State Highway Access/Utility Permit must be obtained from the Colorado Department of Transportation prior to applying for a City of Longmont Work in Right-of-Way Permit.

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