Permitting

Right-of-Way Permits

Obstruction of Right-of-Way: City of Gainesville Code of Ordinances, Article V. - Public Rights-of-Way Obstructions requires any person or entity wanting to obstruct a city right-of-way (including temporarily obstructing the general movement of vehicular or pedestrian traffic, as well as any digging or excavation) must first obtain a permit from the Public Works Department.

Utilities in Rights-of-Way: Any person, entity, or communications services provider wanting to install or maintain a communications facility in a city right-of-way is required to Register prior to applying for a permit.  Upon an effective registration, a Utilities in Rights-of-Way Permit must be obtained prior to performing any work in a city right-of-way (see Code of Ordinances - Chapter 23 - Article VI. - Public Rights-of-Way Use by Utilities).

Note: To install a driveway or schedule a driveway inspection, replace a roof, demolish an existing building, construct a new building, etc., please contact the Building Inspection Department at (352) 334-5050 or bldg@cityofgainesville.org.  Click the following link for further information: http://www.cityofgainesville.org/BuildingInspection.aspx.

Public Works Permit FAQs

When is an obstruction of right-of-way permit required? A permit is required for any temporary obstruction of a public right-of-way, including but not limited to, obstructions affecting the general movement of vehicular and/or pedestrian traffic. 

What are the types of right-of-way permits?

  • Obstruction of Right-of-Way - permit for any temporary obstruction of the city's rights-of-way not related to utility work.
  • Utilities in Rights-of-Way - permit for utility work, including telecommunications, in the city’s rights-of-way.
  • Driveway Permits - issued separately by the Building Inspection Department located in the Thomas Center, 306 NE 6th Avenue, Bldg. B., 1st Floor, Gainesville, Florida 32601; Phone (352) 334-5050..  
How do I apply for a right-of-way permit?

A completed right-of-way permit of an obstruction or utilities may be submitted via email (preferred), U.S. mail, or in person:

dg_pw_permits@cityofgainesville.org
City of Gainesville
Public Works Department
405 NW 39th Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32609

When is Public Works staff available to discuss a permit? The Public Works Department is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Contact the Public Works Department at (352) 334-5070 or send an email to 
dg_pw_permits@cityofgainesville.org to schedule a meeting.

How much does it cost to get a permit?  Click here for the current fee schedule.

How long does it take to obtain a permit?  Public Works is committed to reviewing complete Right-of-Way Obstruction permit applications within fourteen (14) business days.  If the application includes a request for closure of parking spaces or placement of a crane in a public right-of-way, an additional seven days may be necessary for review.

What codes does the city use?  Permitting requirements are defined in the City of Gainesville Code of Ordinances and the City of Gainesville Engineering Design & Construction Manual

What city departments are involved in the review of right-of-way permits?
  • Public Works: (352) 334-5070
  • Gainesville Police: (352) 393-7522
  • Gainesville Fire Rescue: (352) 334-5065
  • RTS: (352) 393-7842
  • Risk Management: (352) 393-8894

When am I authorized to begin work?  Work may begin upon receipt of an approved & issued permit.  Construction work dates may be modified upon written request to the Public Works Department when submitted at least seven days prior to the permit’s start and/or end date.

Is an inspection required for a right-of-way permit?  Yes, all permits require a kick-off meeting before work may begin and a final inspection approval is required to complete the permit. The project is not legally complete until the permit passes final inspection.  Bonding will not be released until final acceptance inspection and maintenance bond is in place, if required.

How do I schedule an inspection for a right-of-way permit?  Contact the Public Works Department at (352) 334-5070 or dg_pw_permits@cityofgainesville.org to schedule a Right of Way or Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) inspection.

NOTE:  To schedule an inspection related to a Building Permit (i.e. driveway, silt fence, etc.), please contact the Building Department at (352) 334-5050 or bldg@cityofgainesville.org.

What is required for Maintenance of Traffic (MOT)?  An approved Traffic Control Plan must be implemented by a Worksite Traffic Supervisor certified in the advanced category by a FDOT-approved training provider. See language on back of permit application regarding additional MOT requirements.

Do right-of-way permits require a bond?  Yes.  Per city ordinance, the Public Works Director or designee shall determine the amount of security (i.e. deposit amount) based on the nature and extent of the right-of-way work to be completed.  Security can be in the form of a surety bond or letter of credit in favor of the City and must guarantee restoration of the right-of-way to the same or better condition that what existed upon the permit’s issuance.  The security must also pay for any damage to public property, as well as any trash or debris removal to be performed by the applicant.  An executed security agreement is also required. 

What is the minimum asphalt patch size?  The minimum patch size is the full lane width wide by at least 8’ long. Partial lane patches are prohibited.

Driveway Permits - Construction and removal of driveways is regulated by the City of Gainesville Code of ordinances Chapter 23, Article V.  Inspections are scheduled through the Building Department, (352) 334-5050 or bldg@cityofgainesville.org.

Last updated 02/11/20