The City strives to keep its public rights-of-way in a state of good repair and free from unnecessary encumbrances in order to provide for and protect the health, safety and welfare of its citizens, and to insure the integrity of its streets and the appropriate use of the public rights-of-way.
Rochester Code of Ordinances 9-2 and Rochester Code of Ordinances 9-1 identify the regulations associated with management of public rights-of-way. Please refer to the ordinances for the details of the regulations.
Required Permits and Forms
Permits required in the right-of-way associated with:
Excavation Permit: An excavation permit is required by any person wishing to excavate that part of the public right-of-way described in such permit and to hinder free and open passage over the specified portion of the public right-of-way by placing facilities as described in Rochester Code of Ordinances 9-2 for a given duration.
- Service connections (water, sanitary sewer, storm sewer)*
- Sidewalks (sidewalks, driveway approaches, pedestrian ramps, boulevard regrading)*
- Small Diameter Utility (cable, phone, electrical, fiber optics, gas service)
- City Owner Contract vs. Public Works ROW permit guidance document
*Repairs relating to sidewalks, driveways, sewers and drains must be completed by a contractor licensed by the city to do such work. Click here for more information about City Licensed Contractors.
Obstruction Permit: An obstruction permit is required by any person wishing to hinder free and open passage over the specified portion of public right-of-way for a period of 365 days or less by placing equipment described therein on the public right-of-way, to the extent and for the duration specified therein.
Oversized Vehicle Permit: Oversize vehicle permits are required whenever oversize/overweight equipment travels on roadway or bridges within the City of Rochester’s right-of-way.
Small Wireless Facility Aesthetic Requirements and Construction Criteria
- Small Wireless Construction and Aesthetic Criteria - posted 1/11/19