The Right of Way (ROW) Management Division manages many of the day-to-day activities in the ROW. ROW is the public-owned land, including streets, sidewalks, and the area behind the curb. Everything from the street to the property lines! We manage the ROW so that we can preserve and prioritize your safety and mobility.

The Right of Way (ROW) Management Division of the Austin Transportation Department verifies that ROW activities follow Federal, State, and Local standards. We make sure that traffic can move safely through and around these activities. Our core functions include:

Please note: The Austin Center for Events manages all activities related to special events, such as music festivals, parades, and marathons.

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Right of Way Permits Insurance, Bond, License
Traffic Control Utility Coordination Downtown Austin Project Coordination Zone
Announcements and Reminders

Announcements:

  • ACL Festival restrictions will be in place from Wednesday, October 5th through the 17th. Requests to work near the impacted area, must have applied for a waiver.  Those waiver requests are being reviewed and will be responded to not later than mid-September.
  • The new Transportation Criteria Manual (TCM) went into effect Monday, June 20th, 2022. Certain subsections will not be implemented until Monday, October 1st, 2022. Read more about this here.
  • All permits must be applied for online. Most permits do not require an appointment. To request an appointment click here. Your request will be reviewed within two business days.

 

Reminders:

  • You must report all of your permitted right of way closures via Austin 3-1-1 (or dial 512-974-2000).  Read more about this process in the TCM.  Your notification is appreciated!
  • Open Road Hours for collector and arterial roadways are 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Fee adjustments occur October 1st.  Those fees can be viewed here.
  • Application fees are non-refundable.  Ensure you have selected the correct application by visiting our Permits page, prior to application submittal.
  • Our office location is: 6310 Wilhelmina Delco Drive. Our mailing address is: City of Austin - PDC, Attn: Right of Way Management, PO Box 1088, Austin, Tx 78767
  • Interested in hearing about potential impacts to your right of way activities? Join Right of Way Management's mailing list.
Apply for right of way permits

How to submit an online application!

What is "right of way"?

The right of way boundaries vary depending on the physical conditions at any given location. It is your responsibility to identify if your activity impacts the ROW. For tips on identifying the ROW and determining who owns/controls Austin-area ROW, check out :

Review time performance
Oldest unreviewed permit (business days) Average traffic control plan review time (business days)
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Data last updated 08/26/2022