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Utility Construction

When is a Right of Way Permit for Utility Construction Required?

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.

What is the Right Of Way Permit for Utility Construction Application Process?

The applicant must submit an electronic application for each job involving utility installation, including new manholes, street lights or new and relocated utility poles, cables and associated equipment using the ePermits system. Plans must be uploaded using the ePlans system.  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.

How Long Will it take DPS to Issue the Right of Way Permit?

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.

Are There any Fees Involved in the Permit Process?

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 the Permit is Issued:

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.

Application Package
Utility Permit Electronic Application                                        ePermits                                                   
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 Regulation 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"
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
  Miss Utility
  MNCPPC: MC Atlas
  Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO)
  Washington Gas Light Co.