Right-of-Way Alteration Permits

 Includes permits for the following:

  • Earthen berms adjacent to the right-of-way
  • Detention basins adjacent to the right-of-way
  • Landscaping within the right-of-way
  • Drainage-ditch or field tile replacement
  • Sidewalks and bike paths improvements
  • Fences adjacent to the right-of-way
  • Noise abatement barriers or retaining walls
  • De-watering operations
  • Other work within or adjacent to the County right-of-way

Application Fees, other Fees, and Fines

  • Right-of-Way Alteration* - $450
  • Renewal or Extension of Any Permit Type - $100
  • Multiple Permits Highest Permit Fee Plus - $300

Review Cost - Permit types marked with an (*) asterisk may require additional pass-through consultant review and observation costs. Permit fees that include a base fee plus other costs must be discussed with the Permit Staff to determine the total fee.

Usage Fees -The fee established at the time of permit issuance by the County Board and/or the County Engineer for the use of County right-of-way for placing utility facilities. This fee applies only to the placement of non-public utilities.

Fees for Local Government Agencies – A permit is required for all work within the County right-of-way, including work performed or sponsored by a local government agency. Application fees will be waived for a permit for a local government agency when the work is to repair or update existing utilities or facilities or when the work is done under a local government agency contract. Application fees will be charged when the work is for the promotion of future development and for which the work is being performed by the developer and not under a local government agency contract. The waiver of the Application Fee will be at the discretion of the County Engineer.

Fines - In addition to the permit application fee, a fine will be assessed when work, event or activity within the County right-of-way requiring a permit has commenced without a permit. The amount of the fine will be equal to the amount of the applicable permit fee.  A fine will also be assessed according to the appropriate section (currently 108.09) of the IDOT Standard Specifications for Road and Bridge Construction for failure to complete work on time when working days utilized.  Failure to pay a fine will bring about legal action and/or a draw against the associated letter of credit.

Applicants should use caution in interpreting the information herein above. The Applicant shall not assume that a permit is not required if there is no fee or if the fee is waived by the County Engineer. Any questions should be addressed to the Permit Section Staff.