Right-of-Way Permit

What is the public right-of-way (ROW)?

The right-of-way is any public street, way, place, alley, sidewalk, park, square, plaza, or city-owned right-of-way dedicated to public use.  

Do you need a ROW permit?

Per City of Lafayette code (Chapter 105 of the City Code of Ordinances) any work on or within the ROW, or the storage or staging of equipment and materials within the ROW, requires a permit. The work might not involve any changes to the ROW itself or subsurface utilities, but a ROW permit will still be required because the work is taking place within the ROW. Lafayette has an extensive network of utilities inside and outside City limits. Work on or around these public utilities, whether inside the City or not, requires a ROW permit to safeguard public infrastructure. 

Items requiring a permit include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Storage containers
  • Roll-offs
  • Dumpsters
  • Repair to or installation of new water lines, sanitary lines, fiber optic, storm sewer pipe, etc.
  • New work on or repairs done to existing concrete sidewalk, curb, gutter or other concrete items within the City right-of-way
  • Storage of equipment and/or materials

Road closures associated with special events are administered through the special event process. Please contact the City Clerk for more information.

Requirements - Contractors, Storage Container Companies, and Roll-off/Dumpster Companies

  • All contractors and sub-contractors working on the project must be listed on the permit, hold a valid City of Lafayette Contractor License, and provide proof of a valid $5,000 Street-Cut Bond.
  • All contractors must provide proof of a valid Contractor License from the Building Department. Questions on the contractor license process? Email the Building Department or call 303-661-1451.
  • All contractors must provide proof of a $5,000 Street-Cut Bond (Original must be mailed to the Finance Department).
  • Permits can be paid for over the phone by calling the Finance Department at 303-665-5588, Option 1- Utility Billing.


If you are unsure if the work you are doing requires a permit, or if you have questions about the ROW permitting process, please contact the ROW Permit Team by email or phone at 303-604-3722.