A transportation right-of-way (TROW) permit is required by Arlington County Code Chapter 22 for the following activities in the public right of way:
- Block parties
- Construction equipment
- Lane closures
- Moving vans
- Overweight or oversized vehicles
- Parking meter and/or parking space closures
- Portable storage devices
- Sidewalk closures
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Some of these activities may have requirements and application instructions in addition to what’s outlined below. A TROW permit may be applied for at the same time as, but not prior to, any associated public right-of-way permit. Both permits will be issued simultaneously.
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 TROW permit application 72 business hours prior to activity with all information and documents required, including traffic control/maintenance of traffic (MOT) 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. The traffic control/MOT plan must be in accordance with the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration’s Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices or the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Virginia Work Area Protection Manual.
- Metered parking spaces that need to be reserved or meter heads that need to be removed must be noted on the TROW application and indicated with the meter identification number(s) affected.
- Applications must be submitted in person by the contractor. Permit applications or plans won’t be accepted via fax, email or other mail carriers.
- Depending on the location of the permit request, we may require police assistance for traffic control and pedestrian safety. If officers are utilized, you must notify the Police Department at least 72 hours in advance so a determination can be made about the need for police support. Contact information for police support will be provided by the permit office when the TROW permit is issued.
- Covered walkways will require an additional permit from Inspection Services Division (ISD) before a TROW permit is issued.
- 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.
TROW permit fees are determined by the number of days, meter closures if applicable and/or linear feet needed for the purposed activity.
An additional fee will be added if police presence is required or requested by the applicant for traffic control assistance.
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.
When road conditions, visibility or unfavorable weather make traveling or work hazardous to the permittee or to the public, vehicular use or activities approved by a permit are not authorized to operate unless responding to an emergency. Law enforcement judgment will prevail in all circumstances.
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.