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Right of Way Permits & Working in the Right of Way

NOTICE: Permit Applications Move Online
The City of Cedar Rapids has moved to an online Right-of-Way (ROW) permit system on July 19, 2021. Customers are required to create a free account and register online with the City in order to submit a ROW permits. The goal is to increase transparency between the City and its customers, as well as increase efficiency in the permit process. Companies will be able to register for this more streamlined process. 


Once you’ve created an account, follow these simple steps to apply for a permit.

Download Step-by-Step Flyer.

Working in the Right-of-Way
For street tree planting and permit: Replanting in the ROW


A permit is required before working in the public right-of-way (construction, digging, or boring). Beginning work without an approved permit will result in a penalty.

Examples of common projects that require a permit include:

  • Driveway improvements or sidewalk repairs
  • Installation of mailbox posts
  • Utility work, such as connecting sump hoses to storm sewer lines
  • Street tree planting (find the permit application and learn more here)
  • *When emergency excavation is necessary, a permit application shall be submitted no later than the next business day of when the work was performed



Obstructing the Right-of-Way
If your activity involves blocking or impeding foot or vehicle traffic in the right-of-way, you are required to obtain a Right-of-Way Obstruction Permit. Submit this permit before obstructing the ROW: Application - Obstructing the ROW

Examples of common tasks that require an obstruction permit include:

  • Dumpsters in right-of-way
  • POD (portable on demand storage) in the right-of-way

Permit Fees

  • $50 permit fee per standard project or street occupancy
  • $20 permit fee for minor excavation project
  • $75 fee for removing or cutting City pavement
  • $75 per 1,300 lineal feet of fiber optic cable installation 
  • Permit fees for planting trees in the public right-of-way have been waived to support replanting efforts following the derecho. Learn More.


What is the Right-of-Way?

The public right-of-way (ROW) is land that is owned by the City, but maintained by the property owner. It includes City streets and alleys and the grassy portion of land between the curb and property line. The right-of-way is reserved for traffic signs, utilities, street lights, sidewalks, and snow storage.

Right-of-Way Permits
A permit is required for either obstructing right-of-way or working in the right-of-way (see below). Applications are typically reviewed and permits issued within 3 business days if no revisions are required. The issued permit must be present at the site. Failure to produce permit will result in immediate stop work action.

Additional Right-of-Way Policies

2022 Spring Contractor Meeting 
The City of Cedar Rapids is committed to providing you the information you need as you prepare work on projects, including the latest updates to City processes and policies. Visit THIS PAGE for information updates. 

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