Special Use Permits

Sidewalk Repair


Special use permits are required for proposed work within City maintained right of way. Examples of such work include all excavations and installations relating to conduit, poles, pole lines, wires, pipes, valves, conductors, sewers, drains, new or relocated driveways, and sidewalks or accessories thereof.

A permit is only required when replacing the driveway if either the sidewalk and/or apron will also be replaced or repaved due to these items being located in the City right-of-way. If no changes are being made to the footprint of the driveway - such as adding an addition - no fee will apply. If changes are being made, a fee will apply for the permit. Permits must be applied for by the contractor completing the project. To apply, submit a completed application, Indemnity Agreement, and current Certificate of Insurance for the company. See the Special Use Permit application packet below for more information and a schedule of fees. 

Irrigation Systems & Backflows
Many sprinkler systems are located in the City's right-of-way between the street and sidewalk. Those sprinkler systems sometimes get damaged during the process of street reconstruction. The contractor is required to repair or replace any and all damages. In order to repair the damaged systems that are in the right-of-way, along with new system installations and existing maintenance on systems that are located in the right-of-way, the contractor needs to submit a Special Use Permit application. Along with this application, the City needs to have a hold harmless agreement on file. This agreement must be signed by all homeowners and notarized. We need the original copy of this form. See the link below to access these forms. The insurance and fee requirements are waived.

Tree Planting
Tree planting in the City's right of way requires a permit, but the insurance and fee requirements are waived.

A permit is not required for inspections of manholes, vaults, and other structures located outside the pavement surface, maintenance of lighting fixtures, replacement of existing driveways (without the sidewalk or apron) or driveway maintenance.

The Special Use Permit instructions and application packet provide additional information with regards to insurance, fees, and surety requirements.



As of October 17, 2023, the Special Use Permit process has changed.

In order to obtain a Special Use Permit, an applicant or agency MUST be a Registered Right-of-Way User (A utility company with facilities within the right-of-way). This will require a submittal to the Director of Public Works.  There is no cost to register as a Right-of-Way User. Contractors working on behalf of a resident abutting the right-of-way (such as driveway or irrigation replacement) does NOT need to register as a Right-of-Way User and can be granted a Special Use Permit without having to register.

Contractors working for utility companies will no longer be able to apply for Special Use Permits. The Registered Right-of-Way User will have to apply for the permit with the contractor listed as a subcontractor on the application form. A current Certificate of Insurance and signed Indemnity Agreement must be on file for any subcontractor performing work in a City right of way.