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 and Public Works Department verifies that ROW activities follow Federal, State, and Local standards. We make sure that traffic can move safely through and around these activities.  View our org chart.

Right of Way Core Functions:

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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Permits Fees and Payments Insurance, Bond, License
Traffic Control Utility Coordination Downtown Austin Project Coordination Zone
Announcements and Reminders


  • Spring Festival restrictions will be in place from March 4, 2024 to March 18, 2024. 
  • Right of Way Management has transitioned from Function Roadway Classification to ASMP Street Level Classification.  For more details, read the memo about this classification switch.
  • As part of a pilot program, proof of conflict resolution for ASMP Street Levels 1 and 2 is not currently required.  The pilot program will remain in effect February 1, 2024, through August 1, 2024, and if successful may be extended.
  • Missed September's Insurance, Bond and License webinar? Watch it here.
  • Learn the ins and outs of the Austin Build + Connect (AB+C) Portal via this virtual information session.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Application fees are non-refundable.  Ensure you have selected the correct application by visiting our Permits page, prior to application submittal.
  • Fee adjustments took effect on Oct. 1, 2023.  Those fees can be viewed here.
  • Our office location is 6310 Wilhelmina Delco Drive. Our mailing address is: City of Austin - PDC, ATTN: Right of Way Management, P.O. Box 1088, Austin, TX 78767
  • Interested in hearing about potential impacts to your right-of-way activities? Join Right of Way Management's email 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)
5 8

Data last updated 02/28/2024

Webinars On Demand

City of Austin Right of Way Information Session - System Changes (Jan. 23, 2024)

ROW Information Session Slide Deck

ROW Virtual Information Session — Insurance, Bond, and License requirements (Sept. 28, 2023)

ROW Virtual Information Session — AB+C Portal Walkthrough (May 25, 2023)