A Right of Way (ROW) Permit is required for all utility construction, reconstruction, relocation or maintenance activities within the County right-of-way or easement. It ensures that the work is performed in a safe manner and that the right-of-way is restored properly.
All utility construction work shall be completed in accordance with latest edition of the Montgomery County Specifications for Utility Construction Permit.
The applicant submits an Application for Work in Public Right-of-Way Permit with plans in triplicate for each job involving utility installation, including new manholes, street lights or new and relocated utility poles, cables and associated equipment. If work is on a primary or higher classification roadway (80' right-of-way or greater), roadways in the Centralized Business District (Wheaton, Bethesda and Silver Spring), and/or needs sidewalk closure longer than 15 days, the applicant must also submit a site specific Traffic Control Plan (TCP). The TCP is reviewed and approved by the Department of Transportation (DOT), Division of Traffic Engineering and Operations.
DPS reviews the individual permit applications and stipulates any special conditions required as part of the approval including the site specific TCP requirement for other roads not mentioned above.
After permit issuance, at least 48 hours prior to starting construction, the permittee contacts the DPS ROW inspector listed on the permit to schedule a preconstruction meeting. Inspections asre performed as the work progresses.
Processing time is approximately three weeks. This may vary according to workload, complexity of the project and number of reviews required. If DOT’s TCP approval is required, the permit issuance will take longer.
Permits are issued only to public utility companies or private utility companies who are registered with “Miss Utility and have signed a franchise agreement with the County. Fees for the permits are as per Executive Regulation 6-11 for special use permits.
After permit issuance, and 48 hours prior to starting construction, the permittee must contact the DPS ROW Inspector listed on the permit to schedule a preconstruction meeting. Inspections are performed as the work progresses. Implementation of the approved TCP is monitored regularly by the inspector. A final inspection must performed upon request by the permittee after the completion of the work. The permit will not be considered complete unless a final inspection has occurred.
|Utility Permit Application (within Utility Specifications)||Montgomery County Specifications for Utility Construction Permit|
|Other Standard Forms & Documents|
|Complaint Form||Complaint Form|
|Request For Information Form||Request for Information|
|Fees and Taxes|
|Utility Permit Fees (reference Special Use Permits)||Public Right of Way Permit Fees|
|Automation Enhancement Fee||Automation Enhancement Fee|
|Information Request Procedures/Fees||Information Request Fees|
|Codes, Standards, Executive Regulations|
|Specifications for Utility Construction||Montgomery County Specifications for Utility Construction|
|Montgomery County Code - Chapter 49||Montgomery County Code See Chapter 49|
|Design Standards||DOT Design Standards|
|Frequently Asked Questions|
|311 Web Portal: Enter key word "Demolition"||http://www3.montgomerycountymd.gov/311|
|Online Permitting Status Information and Inspections|
|Inspection Information||Public Right of Way Inpsections|
|Call for More Information|
|In Montgomery County||311|
|Outside of Montgomery County||240-777-0311|
|Other Agencies to Contact|
|Other Agencies and Utilities to Contact||Allegheny Power|
|Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. (BG&E)|
|Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation|
|Maryland Department of the Environment|
|Maryland Division of State Documents|
|MNCPPC: MC Atlas|
|Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO)|
|Washington Gas Light Co.|