FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
What is Right of Way (ROW)?
The ROW is public property and includes any public thoroughfare such as a street, road or alley. It also usually includes the median, utility poles, sidewalks, parkways and curbs. The ROW typically starts 12”-18”from the edge of the public sidewalk nearest the residence and continues to the same point on the opposite side of the street. The exact location of the ROW boundary line can only be determined by locating property survey marker or hiring a licensed surveyor to set the property survey marker. Private property begins behind the ROW.
What Projects Require a Right of Way permit?
Any time an individual, adjacent property owner, contractor or utility company needs to perform above or underground work within the City-owned ROW, a ROW permit is required for the obstruction to the street, alley, parkway or sidewalk.
Typical ROW projects include:
• Sidewalk construction of repair
• Driveway apron construction or repair
• Utility installation or repair
• Water, Sewer or Storm Sewer excavations and connections
• Lawn irrigation system
• Dumpster or Storage Pod located in ROW
• Traffic, Parking Lane, Sidewalk and Parkway closures, reconfiguration or obstruction
• Crane, Covered Canopy/Scaffolding
Why do I need a ROW permit?
The purpose of the ROW permit is to ensure that the work conducted in the ROW does not constitute a danger to the traveling public or the individuals performing the work and to ensure the completed work does not degrade the ROW or City infrastructure thereby resulting in increased maintenance or replacement costs to the taxpayer.
What paperwork do I submit when applying for a ROW permit?
• Completed ROW permit application
• Tree Permit
• Tree Permit is required prior to issuance of ROW permit for any work in the parkway, please contact the Forestry Division to obtain
• Traffic Control Plan
• Site plan showing proposed work with detail/dimension
• Contractor Registration including Certificate of Insurance listing City of Evanston as additional insured and Bond for private development and larger projects.
• Notification verification (if applicable)
• Permit Fee (check, credit card or cash)
How do I set appointment for ROW permit?
ROW permits are issued by appointment only. Please schedule by contacting 311 (847 448-4311 if outside Evanston limits). Appointments are daily at 10:00; 10:30; 11:00; 1:30; 2:00; 2:30.
How long does it take to get a ROW permit?
ROW permits can be issued during the ROW appointment provided all required information has been submitted and is accurate. Projects with a large or complex scope will require plans be submitted in advance for review. Many ROW permits require notification to adjacent property owners and businesses. Notifications can be sent by mail or delivered door to door. Notification period is one week in advance of start date. Verification of notification delivery is needed prior to ROW permit issuance.
How long is the ROW permit good for?
The ROW permit is good for the duration of the specific project location that the ROW permit was applied for. ROW work is not allowed in Evanston business districts on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
Are inspections required?
Typically, the work being performed (water, sewer, concrete, etc.) would need to be inspected prior to pour or cover by the applicable inspector. Street restorations also require inspection by the Streets Divisions. All inspections can be scheduled through 311. Have permit number, location and contact information available.
What happens if I do not get a ROW permit for my project or if the permit expires and an obstruction remains?
A $500 per day penalty will be assessed. However, if all permit requirements are subsequently met and a permit is issued the penalty may be reduced to an amount equal to the first month’s permit fee.