Public Works
Right of Way (ROW)


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.


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