Right of Way Ordinance

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Public rights of way have long been used to locate public utilities. Sewer, water, and storm sewer pipes are located in the right of way along with private utilities such as gas, electric, and telecommunication lines. As technology has evolved, so has the use of the public rights of way. To protect public safety and the public interest, local governments are charged with managing increasingly complex issues involving rights of way.

The City of Plymouth has a right-of-way management ordinance to ensure effective and careful management of these public areas. Plymouth’s ordinance addresses things such as:

  • Permit requirements and fees;
  • Mapping and reporting obligations;
  • Standards for location and installation of equipment and lines;
  • Relocation of equipment;
  • Removal of abandoned equipment; and
  • Right-of-way restoration.

Any individual or group – including utility companies, telecommunications firms, private contractors and private individuals – must have a permit to use the right of way. The city charges a permit fee to cover the costs related to right of way management.

Engineering Division/Right of Way
Plymouth City Hall | 3400 Plymouth Blvd. | Plymouth, MN 55447-1482
P 763-509-5500 | F 763-509-5510 | engineering@plymouthmn.gov

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