A public right-of-way (PROW) permit is required by Arlington County Code Chapter 22 for construction, demolition, replacement, installation, excavation or maintenance related to the following:
- Curbs and gutters
- Driveway aprons
- Emergency work in the right of way
- Fiber optics
- Guy wire installation
- Overhead wires
- Test holes
- Tree planting and landscaping
- Utility pole installation and/or relocation
- Water, sewer and/or storm mains and service connections
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A transportation right-of-way permit is also required for any work, use or occupation of the public right of way that may block or substantially limit the use of the roadway, sidewalks and/or parking meters.
No permit can be issued where it would conflict with a current permit holder for the same location, or any event or business in the area.
- Contractors with a valid Virginia contracting license who plan to work within the County right of way must submit a completed PROW permit application with all information and documents required, including traffic control/maintenance of traffic plans, engineering plans or plats depicting in detail the work proposed under the requested permit, and any other information and documents required by the special conditions, regulations and instructions.
- Applications must be submitted in person by the contractor. Permit applications or plans won’t be accepted via fax, email or other mail carriers. A nonrefundable application fee is required at the time of submission. Before a permit is issued, the applicant must pay the remaining balance and any applicable fees.
- A letter must be sent seven days prior to the start of construction to all property owners abutting the right of way along the location(s) of the proposed work and the presidents of the neighborhood civic associations, and condominium, homeowner and tenant associations. The letter must outline:
- Scope of the project
- Construction schedule
- Future use of the proposed underground facilities
- Name of the field superintendent
- Phone numbers (office and cell) and email address of the applicant’s personnel who would provide additional information as needed
A copy of the letter must be provided to us prior to the issuance of the permit along with a certified mail receipt confirming that notification letters have been sent.
Public right-of-way permits are subject to PROW permit fees.
Unless otherwise permitted, work hours will be Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Weekend work hours will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Night work on weekdays from 9 p.m.-7 a.m. and weekends from 9 p.m.-10 a.m. must file for a noise exemption request from Code Enforcement.
Emergency permits will be granted for conditions that need immediate attention (within 24-48 hours), and may result in death or injury to persons or property due to interruption of essential services resulting from the destruction, disruption or damage to utility lines, or conditions that won’t allow for the safe functioning of the street, pedestrian and parking systems.
The permittee will apply for a permit providing a Miss Utility ticket number on the application form and will submit it on the first regular business day. The permit will be retroactive to the date when the work began. Any person commencing an emergency excavation and/or emergency activity of any kind without a permit as allowed herein thereby implies acceptance of all requirements and conditions as set forth in the County Code, construction standards, and the special conditions, regulations and instructions.
Safety Devices in Work Zones
All work zones must be sufficiently protected by safety devices at all times. Safety devices for all work authorized by a permit must conform with all codes, rules and regulations. Safety devices will be maintained by the permittee to protect vehicular and pedestrian traffic and the public. Existing street lighting must be maintained or temporary street lighting must be provided as approved by the County.
Upon permit expiration, the permittee must immediately cease all work and/or remove any equipment authorized by the permit unless reapplication is made 72 hours prior to the expiration date and a new permit is issued.