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Right-of-Way Permits are administered by DPW's Bureau of Highways.  

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.
Prohibited Conduct:
  • 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.

Apply Online


Step 1: Complete Permit Application

a) Create an account if you do not have one. Fill in Owner Information - Please be sure to provide  a project contact name and telephone number

b) Login

c) Accept the Certification and Indemnity

d) Fill in Contractor Information - Unless you are doing the work yourself, all contractors must be licensed

c) Fill in Work Information - Briefly describe all activity in paved and unpaved areas of public the right-of-way

d) Fill in Location Information - Identify every street you impact


*Refer to the Design Manual for standard construction details. Information is listed under Standard Details for Construction / Section VII - Roadway and Site Improvements  


Step 2: Attach Two Sets of Dimensioned Drawings/Design Prints

a) Clearly Illustrate Your Proposed Work

b) Identify All Streets, Driveway Entrances & Sidewalks

c) Provide Detailed Measurements of Proposed Work Area (i.e. length/width of entrance, road, trench, bore, pit, aerial)

*.pdf preferred

** File size limit is 25 mb


Step 3: Fee Payment

a) Rights of Way staff will email you confirmation of permit fees and to schedule an appointment for payment.

b) Take a completed cash receipt and check for the amount due, made payable to Anne Arundel County, to the County Cashier in Building 2664, 1st Floor

c) Return the validated cash receipt to Right-of-Way Permits, 2662 Riva Road, 3rd Floor, Suite 310



2662 Riva Road
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 222-7500