Permitting

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 www.municode.com.

Generally: Any change that shall remove, alter or construct any curb, driveway, gutter, pavement, or perform any other improvement on any public street or designated street right-of-way requires a permit. All permit applications shall be accompanied by two copies of the plans that show the location and dimensions of the proposed change. Exception: Plans are not required for single-family residential zoned property.
 
Driveway and other changes must conform to the standards established by the Public Works Department. Public Works inspects all construction to ensure conformity to the ordinance requirements. Driveways shall be designed in accordance with Chapter 6 of the Engineering Design and Construction Manual.
 
Permit Application: A permit application is available by clicking here.  The application and plans, when required, are to be submitted to the Building Department in Thomas Center B at 306 NE 6th Avenue, Gainesville, Florida 32601. Permit fees will be collected at that time.
 
Questions?
On the application process, call the Building Department at 352-334-5050.
For plan or construction issues, call the Public Works Department at 352-334-5070.

 

Right of Way Permits for Non-Communication Facilities 
Excavation in and communications facilities using the public right of way are regulated by the City of Gainesville Code of ordinances Chapter 23, Article III and VI, respectively. The entirety of the ordinance can be viewed at www.municode.com.

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.

Permit Application: A permit application for Non-Communications Facilities is available by clicking here.  All permit applications shall be accompanied by three copies of the plans that show the location and dimensions of the proposed facility.   The application and plans are to be submitted to the Public Works Department at the Public Works Administrative Building, 405 NW 39th Avenue, Gainesville, Florida 32609. 

Public Works inspects all construction to ensure conformity to the ordinance and the permit.
 

Questions?    Call the Public Works Department at 352-334-5070.

 

Right of Way Permits for Communication Facilities 
Excavation in and communications facilities using the public right of way are regulated by the City of Gainesville Code of ordinances Chapter 23, Article III and VI, respectively. The entirety of the ordinance can be viewed at www.municode.com.

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.

Permit Application: A permit application for Communications Facilities is available by clicking here.  All permit applications shall be accompanied by three copies of the plans that show the location and dimensions of the proposed facility.  The application and plans are to be submitted to the Public Works Department at the Public Works Administrative Building, 405 NW 39th Avenue, Gainesville, Florida 32609.

Public Works inspects all construction to ensure conformity to the ordinance and the permit .

Questions?    Call the Public Works Department at 352-334-5070.  


Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) Permits
A Maintenance of Traffic Permit must be obtained prior to performing any work on a city street, parking area, sidewalk, or trail. These requirements are based upon 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.

Permit Application: A Maintenance of Traffic Permit is available by clicking here. All permit application packets shall be submitted electronically and include the following:

1. A traffic control site plan drawing that meets FDOT standards that is prepared by someone with the Florida Department of Transportation approved Advanced Maintenance of Traffic Certification. The certification number must be on the permit.
2. A 24/7 emergency contact.
3. A letter on company letterhead detailing the nature of the work and anticipated start and end times.
4. Appropriate surety bond and proof of insurance that names the City of Gainesville as an additional insured. NOTES:
    a. "Commercial general liability insurance in the amount of at least $500,000 per occurrence for bodily injury and property damage for construction activities on city property. The policy must name the City of Gainesville as additional insured, and an endorsement must be issued as part of the policy reflecting this requirement." (Section 23-38.(10)a Gainesville Code of Ordinances).
    b. The City of Gainesville shall determine the amount of the surety bond.
5. If a parking meter(s) is being blocked, the appropriate fees must be paid to compensate for the loss of those revenues for the duration of the closure.

Completed MOT permit applications should be e-mailed to melzerra@cityofgainesville.org and sheffieldka@cityofgainesville.org. Please allow 5 business days for review.

Last updated September 15, 2014