You must apply for a Right Of Way (ROW) Permit when you plan one or more of the following activities in the city ROW.
- Installation, repair or replacement of utility line or service line
- Construction, repair or reconstruction of a driveway or curb cut
- Installing or replacing curb/gutter, sidewalk or drainage facilities.
- Landscaping, including sod, bedding plants, flower gardens (metal fence, boulders larger than 6" dia. and similar hard-scaping materials are not allowed).
- General disturbance of public ROW or easement not listed above.
If you are performing one of the previous activities you may either obtain an electronic ROW permit application here, or come into the engineering department.
**Potholing must be completed prior to digging whenever crossing a wet utility or as required by the City Engineer.
If you have any questions please feel free to call the engineering department at (970) 920-5080. Thanks and please remember to call 8-1-1 or contact UNCC before you dig!
Emergency Right of Way Work:
A right-of-way permit is required prior to all work being performed within a public right-of-way, except for work performed under the emergency provision. In an emergency situation, a utility owner may proceed with the work prior to obtaining a permit. The owner is required to obtain a permit within one business day of commencing work within a public right-of-way under the emergency provision. Emergency is defined by The City of Aspen Municipal code as any event which may threaten public health or safety, or that results in an interruption in the provision of service, including, but not limited to, damaged or leaking water or gas conduit systems, damaged, plugged, or leaking sewer or storm drain conduit systems, damaged electrical and communications facilities.
1. What are the requirements for a ROW submittal?
Ans: Completed Application form, associated permit fee, site plan, written description of work to be performed, certified traffic control plan and a 2 year maintenance bond.
2. How much time do I have to complete my work within the ROW after issuance of the permit?
Ans: Permits are valid for 30 days from issuance. However, if the work requires a lane closure, sidewalk closure, alley closure or otherwise impedes pedestrian or vehicular traffic flows the project must strictly adhere to the schedule and dates of work negotiated during the permit approval process. If a permit does not impact traffic but will not occur on the dates decsribed in the approved permit, the applicant is responsible to notify the Engineering Department of the new start date.
3. What dates of the year am I permitted to work within the City of Aspen ROW?
Ans: Work is only permitted in the ROW between April 1st and November 1st. ROW work in the downtown core (See Core Map) is suspended between June 1st and Labor Day.