Apply for a Right-of-Way Permit

Do you need to do work in the street, under the sidewalk or in the grassy area next to the street?

The city issues Right-of-Way Permits to ensure utility and telecommunications services are not interrupted, to maintain neighborhood appeal and to protect all users of the right of way. If you are doing maintenance activities, you need to notify the city.



Step 1.Check your eligibility

  • If you already have a permit for a larger project, a Right-of-Way Permit may be covered. If you are unsure, email for assistance.
  • Make sure you are doing work in the City of Orlando. Some rights of way may be maintained by other jurisdictions such as the Florida Department of Transportation, Orange County, Osceola County, etc.

Step 2.Complete your application

Tell us about your project and what type of work you will be doing. Please allow two business days to process your application once submitted. 

Fill Out the Application

Step 3.Gather your materials

The city requires different documents depending on the work that is being done. Our Right-of-Way Plan Review Checklist can help you determine what materials you will need to submit. 

Review the Checklist

Step 4.Submit your plans

After we process your application, you will receive an email to submit your plans for review. Please allow two business days to route your plans for review once you have formally submitted your plans and documents. 

Log into ProjectDox 

Step 5.Check the plan status

We will review your Right-of-Way plans within 10 business days. When the reviews have been completed, you will receive an email with a link to view the results. If you need corrections, you can upload your updated plans in ProjectDox. We will review those revisions within an additional 10 business days.

At any point in the project, you can check your permit status using our permit lookup tool.

Check Your Permit Status

Step 6.Make a payment

If your plans are approved, and you are not fee-exempt , we will email you a link to make a payment. You can view any fees that are due and pay them using our permit lookup tool.

View the Fees

Step 7.Download your permit and plans

After you pay your fees, we will email you to let you know your plans are available for download. Log into ProjectDox and download your plans from the Approved folder. Please allow two business days to issue these items from the date of payment.  

Log into ProjectDox

Step 8.Request a road closure

If you need to close a street or sidewalk, in addition to this permit you will need to request a road closure.

Request a Road Closure 

Step 9.Prepare the work site for your pre-walk inspection

You must keep the following items at the job site for the duration of your work:

  • Permits (including those from other jurisdictions)
  • Approved city-stamped plans
  • Photos of the right of way before you start your work
  • Approved Sunshine 811 Clear Locate tickets and Positive Response tickets (if applicable)
  • White lines in place, as per your city-approved plans (if applicable)

Failure to have these items on site at all times could result in a fine and denial of inspections.

Step 10.Schedule your daily inspections

You will need to schedule a pre-walk and daily open cut/jack and bore/directional drilling inspections. The contractor is responsible for scheduling inspections for every day of work. They will need to provide a contact name, phone number and work location.

Schedule an Inspection

If your permit is open for more than 12 months without an inspection, it will expire.

Step 11.Submit your final plans

  • You need to submit paper plans that reflect what was built as per Chapter 5, Section 5.03 of the city's Engineering Standards Manual.
  • You need to include a cover letter with the project name and permit number.

You can submit your plans by mail or in person at:

City Hall, Permitting Services Division
400 South Orange Avenue, 1st floor
Orlando, FL 32801

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays

Step 12.Schedule a final inspection

Once all work and restoration is complete, you need to schedule a final inspection. Common reasons for denial include:

  • Improper compaction
  • Improper grading
  • Incorrect grass replacement
  • No sidewalk restoration
  • Improper or no pavement restoration
  • Lack of removal of all utility markings
  • No submission of as-built plans
  • Incorrect submission of incomplete plans

Schedule a Final Inspection