The right of way (ROW) is the area owned and/or controlled by the City and typically includes the street surface, sidewalks, and grassy areas between pavement and property lines.  The boundaries of the ROW will vary depending on the physical conditions at any given location.  Click here to view an image of the ROW.

PURPOSE

The purpose of the Right of Way Management Division is to provide appropriate traffic planning and coordination of all activities in the ROW.  To accomplish this goal, our division:

  1. Issues Permits to Operate in the ROW
  2. Provides Traffic Control Planning, Review, and Inspection for the ROW
  3. Runs the Austin Utility Location and Coordination Committee
  4. Ensures Public Safety and Mobility in the ROW
  5. Enforces ROW Specific City Code

Permits to Operate in the ROW

In order to ensure public safety and mobility, permits are required to operate in the City’s ROW.  Right of Way Management permit information can be found here.  Click here to be routed to the online application site - Right of Way Management Approval Network (ROWMAN).  **Special Event permitting is managed by the Office of Special Events.**

Traffic Control Planning, Review, and Inspection for the ROW

The primary function of temporary traffic control is to provide for the safe and efficient movement of road users through or around temporary traffic control zones while protecting the public, workers, incident responders, infrastructure, and equipment.  Our division ensures that the temporary traffic control conforms to Federal, State, and Local standards for the safe movement of traffic through and around ROW activities.  Placement of temporary traffic control devices requires a safety certification. 

Austin Utility Location and Coordination Committee

The Austin Utility Location and Coordination Committee’s (AULCC's) objective is to identify and resolve any potential conflicts before construction begins. Our division coordinates multiple ROW activities through construction phasing, sharing work zones, and identifying opportunities for joint trenching. 

Public Safety and Mobility in the ROW

Public Safety and Mobility is our highest priority.  Click here to view our new Mobility Guidelines!

ROW Specific City Code

Relevant City Codes can be found here.