Right-of-Way Permits

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A Right-of-Way Permit must be obtained prior to performing any work on a city street, parking area, sidewalk, or trail. These requirements are based upon the Gainesville Code of Ordinances - Chapter 23 - Article III. Encroachments & Obstructions - adopted October 15, 2009. The entirety of the ordinance can be viewed by clicking here.

No excavations shall be made within any of the streets of the city for the purpose of laying gas, water or sewer pipes or other non-communications facility therein or for any other purpose, until the plans have been submitted to and permitted by the City.
No person, organization or firm, whether private or not-for-profit, shall construct, operate, maintain, repair, rebuild or replace a route that occupies public rights-of-way within the city without having registered to use the rights-of-way, unless that entity is a franchised cable company of the city. Registering a communications facility is initiated by filing a permit application with the City.

Public Works Permit FAQs

Do I need a permit?

Chapter 23 of the City ordinances requires a permit for any activity that disrupts traffic, restricts access or modifies any infrastructure within the right of way or for any private use of the public right of way.

What are the types of Permits?

The Right-of-Way permit form can be found on the top of this page. This form is also used to permit utility work in the City’s right-of-way.

Tree Removal permits are issued separately through the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs Department located in the Thomas Center, Building B, Third Floor, Office # 339, at 306 NE 6th Avenue, Gainesville, Florida 32601; Phone: 352-393-8171

Driveway permits are issued separately through the Building Department located in the Thomas Center, Building B, First floor at 306 NE 6th Avenue, Gainesville, Florida 32601; Phone 352-334-5050. 

How do I apply for a Permit?

Email to:


Mail or deliver to:

City of Gainesville Public Works Department
405 NW 39th Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32609

Can I meet with PW staff to discuss a permit?

Yes, the Public Works Department is open Monday through Thursday, from 7am to 6pm. Contact the Public Works Department at 352-393-5072 or send an email to to schedule a meeting.

How much does it cost to get a permit?

Currently there is no charge for ROW permits.

How long does it take to get a permit?

Public Works is committed to reviewing complete permits within five (5) business days.

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. The permit form can be found on the City’s website ( 

Who is involved in review of the 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 can I start work? When is my permit active?

Your permit will be issued based on the construction start and end dates you provide (given that at least 5 business days are provided for review), at which time all work is to be completed. If the construction start and/or end date need to be modified, please contact the Public Works Department with 7 day minimum notice prior to start date and/or end date.

Am I required to have an inspection?

Yes, all permits require a kick-off meeting prior to starting work and final inspection approval is required to complete the permit. The project is not legally complete until the permit passes final inspection.

How do I schedule an inspection?

Contact the Public Works Department at 352-393-5072 or to schedule an inspection.

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.

Am I required to obtain a bond for my permit?

Yes, per the City Code of Ordinances, “The Public Works Director of designee shall determine the deposit amount, based upon the nature and extent of the work to be performed within the right-of-way.”

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 not allowed.

Driveway Permits

The construction and removal of driveways is regulated by the City of Gainesville Code of ordinances Chapter 23, Article V. The entirety of the ordinance can be viewed at


For plan or construction issues, call the Public Works Department at 352-334-5070.
Regarding building and driveway permits, call the Building Department at 352-334-5050.


Last updated 10/29/15