The right of way is important for the installation and maintenance of streets and private and public utilities, including electrical, phone, sewer and water, and storm sewer lines. The right of way area behind the curb is also used for snow storage when the city plows streets. The city administers the use of this area through a permitting process.
Typically, easements are either included as part of the original plat of the property or have been established through negotiation with a property owner. The easement stays in effect until the easement is no longer needed and is vacated. If the property is bought and sold, the easement remains in effect.
The City of Plymouth has a Right-of-Way Management Ordinance to ensure effective and careful management of these public areas. This Right-of-Way Ordinance can be found in Section 800 of the City Code.
This ordinance addresses topics 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
- Right-of-way restoration
Applying for Permits
Any individual or group – including utility companies, telecommunications firms, private contractors and private individuals – must have a permit to use the right of way. Right-of-way permits are applied for and paid through the city’s online permitting system.
To apply for a permit, you must be a registered ROW user for the city of Plymouth. All registered users can apply for a permit by clicking the button below, registering with BS&A if you haven’t already, and providing the requested information. If you are not a registered ROW user for Plymouth please complete the ROW User Registration Form below and email to Engineering. You will not be able to apply for permits through BS&A until the completed form and certificate of insurance are received and we add you to our list of licensed contractors.
- City Code
- See Section 800 for Right of Way Ordinance
- See Section 1015 for Right-of-Way Fee Schedule
- Easements & Right-of-Way Handout (PDF)
- What You Need to Know (PDF)
- Certificate of Insurance Requirements
- ROW User Registration Form
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