Right of Way Permits
Welcome to the Bureau of Highways Right-of-Way Permit Program. Homeowners, Utilities, and their contractors may undertake certain repairs and construction within County rights-of-way after obtaining a Right-of-Way Permit. Below is information on how to obtain a permit to undertake work within a County right-of-way.
When is a permit required?
Anytime you occupy, use, or engage in any activity in a public right-of-way including:
- Excavation in paved and unpaved areas
- Installation of above and below ground facilities
- Activity that obstructs or impedes traffic
When is a permit not required?
- Maintenance activity that makes no material change to the footprint of an existing facility or structure, makes no material change to the surface or sub-surface of a right-of-way, and does not disrupt or impede traffic.
- Work governed by a permit issued by the Department of Inspections & Permits or governed by a Public Works Agreement.
- Drainage from private property should not be discharged into a County sidewalk, roadway or roadway storm drain. This includes both sump pumps and raingutter downspouts.
- Private irrigation systems are not permitted within County rights-of-way.
- Private fencing is not permitted within County rights-of-way.
- Private utilities require the grant of an easement prior to occupancy in County rights-of-way.
Driveway Construction and Rehabilitation:
Checklist for Rain Garden Installation Project:
Roadside Trees (Street Trees)
A roadside tree is any tree that grows all or in part within the public right-of-way. Anne Arundel County does not issue permits for the removal, replacement, planting, or trimming of roadside trees. Permits must be obtained from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
. Information about County tree services may be found at www.aacounty.org/DPW/Highways/TreeTrimming.cfm
Oversize / Overweight Hauling across County Roads & Bridges
Paper Permit Forms:
Online Permit Services: