Right of Way Permits

A permit is required whenever work is performed within any public street, highway, alley, sidewalk or other platted or written easement, otherwise known as the “right-of-way”, which has been dedicated to, or accepted by, or acquired by, the City for public purposes. Examples of work include, but are not limited to, all improvements and tie-ins to City streets, driveways, sidewalks, drainage culvert and infrastructure, water, sewer and dry utilities.

An electronic application for a Right-of-Way Permit should be completed online at http://www.PrescottPermits.com.  

Information needed for the application includes:

  1. The type of work to be performed (utility cut, driveway apron, curb replacement, etc.)
  2. When the work will be done (some work may take several days)
  3. Who will be performing the work (in most cases a licensed and bonded contractor is required with proper credentials held with the registrar of contractors) the contractor’s license number
  4. Where the work is to be done in relation to the ROW (behind curb, across the entire roadway, etc.).
  5. A Traffic Control Plan (in conformance with the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices) must be submitted with the permit application.  Sample “Traffic Control Plans” are available for use by clicking the links below, under Documents, when they have been modified to represent the existing conditions of the proposed permit.

24 hours prior to the start of work, an inspection must be scheduled with the Public Works Department, online at http://www.PrescottPermits.com.

Please allow 3-5 business days for processing.  There is a $50 fee for the issuance of all Right-of-Way Permits.  Other fees may apply depending on the extent of the work.  E.g. grading, sewer tap, water tap, etc.

All work in the right-of-way shall be built to Prescott City Code, Title 17, General Engineering Standards (GES)

Pavement Restoration Fees and Street Age

All sidewalk and pavement cut activity shall have an approved permit. If a proposed activity, use or encroachment includes cutting into, attachment to or any break in the sidewalk or street pavement, the Permittee shall be required to pay a pavement damage fee established by the City and to restore the pavement in accordance with this chapter and all other City standards and specifications. Other fees, charges or taxes may be imposed depending on the use made of a City street or highway.

Permission to excavate in new streets (first constructed, when it is reconstructed, or when it is rehabilitated) shall not be granted for two (2) years after completion of street construction, reconstruction or rehabilitation. Utilities shall determine alternate methods of making necessary repairs to avoid excavating in new streets. Exceptions to the above are as follows:

  1. Emergency which endangers life or property;
  2. Interruption of essential utility service;
  3. Where no other feasible means of providing service exists;

To view an interactive map that shows pavement age, please select the link below:

Pavement Age Map

The Pavement Restoration Fee shall be paid at the time a permit is issued.

Pavement Restorations Fees shall be determined as follows:

Pavement Age: <12 months (0-1 years)

Cut Size

< 200 SY

> 200 SY


$1,800 + $20/SY

$1,800 + $18/SY

For cuts within the first year, the fee is in addition to the mill and overlay

Pavement Age: 12 months – 24 months (1-2 years)

Cut Size

< 200 SY

> 200 SY


$1,600 + $20/SY

$1,600 + $18/SY

Pavement Age: 24 months – 36 months (2-3 years)

Cut Size

< 200 SY

> 200 SY


$1,300 + $15/SY

$1,300 + $14/SY

Pavement Age: 36 months – 60 months (3-5 years)

Cut Size

< 200 SY

> 200 SY


$1,000 + $10/SY

$1,000 + $8/SY

Cease and Desist Orders

Whenever any work is being done contrary to the provisions of this chapter, the City Engineer may order the unauthorized work stopped by notice in writing served on any person engaged in the doing or causing such unauthorized work to be done, and any such person shall forthwith permit stop such unauthorized work. Any person performing work in a City right-of-way shall have a copy of a valid permit issued by the City at the site and make such permit available for inspection by the City at all times work is being performed or property or equipment is located in a City right-of-way.



On June 14, 2022 City Council adopted Ordinance No. 2022-1789 and Resolution No. 2022-1809, which amended portions of City Code, Chapter 8-2: City Right-of-Way.

CC – Ordinances – 2022-1789 – 6142022
CC – Resolutions – 2022-1809 – 6142022


Sample traffic control plans from the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) are listed below and may be used for a City Right of Way permit application.

MUTCD Manual

MUTCD TA 1 Beyond Shoulder
MUTCD TA 3 Work on Shoulders
MUTCD TA 4 Short Duration on Shoulder
MUTCD TA 6 Shoulder Work Minor Encroachment
MUTCD TA 10 One Lane with Flaggers
MUTCD TA 11 One Lane without Flaggers
MUTCD TA 13 Temp Road Closure
MUTCD TA 15 Center of Local Street
MUTCD TA 14 Haul Road Crossing
MUTCD TA 16 Survey in Center of Local
MUTCD TA 17 Mobile Operation on Local
MUTCD TA 18 Lane Closure Local
MUTCD TA 20 Detour Closed Local
MUTCD TA 28 Crosswalk Detour or Diversion
MUTCD TA 29 Crosswalk Closure and Pedestrian Detour