Public Works
Right of Way (ROW)

WHAT IS RIGHT-OF-WAY?

Right-of-way is land expressly reserved for vehicle/pedestrian traffic and/or utilities. The County’s Public Works Department is the administrating authority of the right-of-way (ROW) within the unincorporated areas of the County.

RIGHT-OF-WAY IN SANTA CRUZ COUNTY

The current ROW Ordinance was adopted by the Board of Supervisors in 1988 and amended in 1992, before that time encroachment onto the ROW was a common occurrence. Under the existing ordinance any construction work (i.e. utility construction/ relocation or new driveway construction) or any activity (i.e. organized events or parades) in the ROW requires a permit. Permits can be retrieved at Central Permits located in the County building. The following requirements must be submitted before a permits is issued:

  • $2,000,000 Liability insurance (home owners except from this requirement for driveway construction)
  • Construction plans which include:
    • ROW boundaries
    • Roads within the scope of the work
    • Quantities
    • North arrow
    • Construction Specifications
    • Construction Details
  • Traffic Control plan

 

The County has adopted the following standards:

  • Maricopa Associations of Governments (MAG) Standards
  • Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) Roadway Design Manual
  • MUTCD Manual & Work Zone Traffic Control
  • ASSHTO Policy on Geometric Design of Highways

Any question regarding ROW or Permit Procedure please refer to the Ordinance or call Public Works  520-375-7830