Apply for a Right-of-Way Permit

The public right-of-way is an easement granted for transportation or infrastructure like streets, sidewalks, or alleys. The right of way typically extends beyond the street to include the sidewalk and the curb lawn in-between. Any private use or construction in the right-of-way must be permitted to make sure it is safe, meets standards for construction, and has adequate traffic control if needed. You need a Right-of-Way Permit for things like placing a dumpster at the street, repaving a driveway, repairing sidewalk, or any utility or infrastructure work. 

Please submit an application for a Right-of-Way permit at least 10 business days before approval is needed. You will need to include plans or specifications and a traffic control plan if applicable.

A late fee of $100 will be charged for all permits not obtained prior to work starting.

Online

Step 1.Prepare Necessary Documents

You will need to include plans or specifications for your work or use of the right-of-way so make sure you have them prepared ahead of time. You may also need to include a traffic control plan depending on the scope of the request. 

Step 2.Submit an Application

Complete the online application below and upload the related documents. Please apply at least 10 business days in advance to make sure there is enough time for review and approval.

Apply for a Right-of-Way Permit

Before a permit will be issued you will need to pay the permit fee. You can pay in person at the Stockbridge Office (415 E Stockbridge Avenue) or at the City Treasurer's Office on the first floor of City Hall.  

Step 3.Application Review

Your application will be reviewed by City staff to ensure it will not create a safety hazard or impact existing infrastructure. We may reach out to you for additional information or if a traffic control plan is needed but was not provided. 

Step 4.Permit Issued 

Once your application has been approved and the permit fee has been paid, the Right-of-Way Permit will be issued. Make sure a copy of the permit is available at the work location.

By Mail

Step 1.Prepare Necessary Documents

You will need to include plans or specifications for your work or use of the right-of-way so make sure you have them prepared ahead of time. You may also need to include a traffic control plan depending on the scope of the request. 

Step 2.Submit an Application

Complete the application below return it by mail with your plans and related documents. Please apply at least 10 business days in advance to make sure there is enough time for review and approval. Before a permit will be issued you will need to pay the permit fee. You can pay in person at the Stockbridge Office (415 E Stockbridge Avenue) or at the City Treasurer's Office on the first floor of City Hall.

Right-of-Way Permit Application(PDF, 188KB)

Return applications to:

City of Kalamazoo
415 E Stockbridge Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49001

Step 3.Application Review

Your application will be reviewed by City staff to ensure it will not create a safety hazard or impact existing infrastructure. We may reach out to you for additional information or if a traffic control plan is needed but was not provided. 

Step 4.Permit Issued 

Once your application has been approved and the permit fee has been paid, the Right-of-Way Permit will be issued. Make sure a copy of the permit is available at the work location.

In Person

Step 1.Prepare Necessary Documents

You will need to include plans or specifications for your work or use of the right-of-way so make sure you have them prepared ahead of time. You may also need to include a traffic control plan depending on the scope of the request. 

Step 2.Submit an Application

Complete the application below return it with your plans and related documents to the City of Kalamazoo's Stockbridge Facility. Please apply at least 10 business days in advance to make sure there is enough time for review and approval. Before a permit will be issued you will need to pay the permit fee. You can pay in person at the Stockbridge Office or at the City Treasurer's Office on the first floor of City Hall.

Right-of-Way Permit Application(PDF, 188KB)

Return applications to:

City of Kalamazoo
415 E Stockbridge Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49001

Step 3.Application Review

Your application will be reviewed by City staff to ensure it will not create a safety hazard or impact existing infrastructure. We may reach out to you for additional information or if a traffic control plan is needed but was not provided. 

Step 4.Permit Issued 

Once your application has been approved and the permit fee has been paid, the Right-of-Way Permit will be issued. Make sure a copy of the permit is available at the work location.