Right-of-way (ROW) is land which is owned by the City to provide a location for the construction of streets, sidewalks, and utilities. Typically, the width of public ROW is 50, 60, or 64 feet, although other widths may occur. ROW is always wider than the street. If a 50-foot wide ROW has a 26-foot wide street, then there is a 12-foot wide area behind the curb on both sides of the street which is owned by the City, providing that street is centered in the ROW. Property owners can not encroach upon public ROW with fences, walls, or buildings since this may conflict with the use of ROW for utilities and sidewalks.
A Right of Way permit is required for the following:
To apply for a right of way permit, please contact the Engineering Department at 563.589.4159.
If you want information about requesting a tree be planted between the sidewalk and the curb, please see Tree Planting in City Right of Way
The City Engineer’s office manages the process of vacating an area of public right of way (streets or alleys) in the City of Dubuque.