Right-Of-Way Permits and Application

What is Right-Of-Way?

The right of way is public property and includes any public thoroughfare such as a street, road or alley. It also usually includes the median, utility poles, sidewalks, and the area immediately adjacent to the street. A good rule of thumb is that the back of the sidewalk (side nearest to the residence) and the street is part of the right of way. Private property begins behind the right of way.

 What Projects Require Right-Of-Way Permits?

 Examples include:

  • Sidewalk repairs
  • Sewer line connections
  • Driveway repairs or installations
  • Culvert installations
  • Storm drain installation
  • Utility repair or installation
  • Private water & sewer line connections
  • Sidewalk construction where there is an existing curb
  • Dumpster or storage pod located in ROW 

Landscaping work (i.e. gardening, planting) done in the City right-of-way requires a Landscape License.

What signs are permitted in Right-of-Way?

Signs that are for short-term, timed use shall be allowed in the City’s right-of-way as long as the signs are removed immediately following the event.  Such signs would include garage sale signs, political campaign signs, significant University of Illinois events (i.e. IHSA tournaments) and fund-raising advertisements for non-profit agencies (i.e. UBA events, Festival of Lights).

No such signs shall be affixed to any City or utility infrastructure including traffic signals, streetlights, street sign posts, utility poles, hydrants, etc. but rather shall be attached to a self-supported stake or post.

Signs that have no definitive time for removal shall not be allowed in the City’s right-of-way.  Such signs would include newspaper stands, real estate signs, and home business signs or advertising, except as allowed in the Urbana Zoning Ordinance, Section IX-5-13.