Permits for Working within the Right-of-Way

Erosion Control and Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans

All construction within the City limits must comply with TCEQ Construction General Permit (CGP) TXR150000 and the City’s stormwater ordinance. Click on link for CGP, SWP3, NOI, CSN and Erosion Control Plan submittal requirements(PDF, 78KB).(PDF, 78KB)

Right-of-Way Permits

For any construction in the City’s right-of-way, you must have a right-of-way permit. In order to obtain a permit, a plan must be submitted to ROW-Permits@wacotx.gov for approval. See the linked requirements for Obtaining a Right-of-Way Permit.

Permits are only issued to Bonded Contractors or property owners who are bonded. Property owners may become bonded by filling out the attached Cement Contractor’s Bond(PDF, 386KB).

Engineering Services issues the following permits:

  • Alley
  • Curb and Gutter
  • Drive Approach
    • Saw Cutting of Curb (Required for when Standard Detail ST-25 Horizontally Saw Cut Standard Curb and Gutter Drive Approach is planned method of curb removal for installation of Drive Approach.)
  • Floodplain Development
  • Franchise Utility (various)
  • Pedestrian Facilities Curb Ramp
  • Retaining Wall
  • Sanitary Sewer System (various)
  • Sidewalk
  • Small Cell Infrastructure
  • Stormwater Drainage System
  • Street Opening/Cut
  • Water Distribution System (various)

Permit Fees:

Per the Ordinance ORD-2021-557 passed on second reading August 17, 2021 amending Article III “Sidewalks, Curbs, Gutters, Driveways” in Chapter 22 of “Streets, Sidewalks and Certain Other Public Places” of the Code of Ordinances permit fees shall be doubled if work for which a permit is required under Article III is started prior to obtaining such permit effective October 1, 2021.

Service Fee
Reinspection of Permitted Items (per permitted item) $68.75
Inspection of Curb, Gutter and Drive Approach
One (1) Drive Approach $168.75
One (1) Drive Approach with up to 50' curb & gutter and/or sidewalk $225
Saw Cutting of Curb for One (1) Drive Approach (Required for when Standard Detail ST-25 Horizontally Saw Cut Standard Curb and Gutter Drive Approach is planned method of curb removal for installation of Drive Approach.) $68.75
Two (2) Drive Approaches on the same lot $206.25
Two (2) Drive Approaches on the same lot with up to 50ft. curb & gutter and/or sidewalk $250
Saw Cutting of Curb for Two (2) Drive Approaches on the same lot (Required for when Standard Detail ST-25 Horizontally Saw Cut Standard Curb and Gutter Drive Approach is planned method of curb removal for installation of Drive Approaches.) $106.25
Curb and Gutter Only up to 50' $137.50
Each Additional 50' or less of Curb & Gutter (per additional 50' or less increment) $50
Sidewalks - up to 50' $150
Sidewalks - up to 50': each additional 50' or less increment of sidewalk $50
Pedestrian Facilities Curb Ramp (per ramp) $437.50
Retaining Wall up to every 100 sq. ft. $268.75
Retaining Wall up to every 100 sq. ft. - each additional 100 sq. ft. or less increment of continuous retaining wall $93.75
Alley Permit up to 50' $268.75
Each additional 50' or less increment of alley $106.25
Street Opening Permits: street or paved alley opening/repair (per permit) $381.25
Stormwater Drainage System: curb inlet (each) $337.50
Stormwater Drain Junction/Inlet placement (each) $337.50
Stormwater Drain Pipe/Box every 50' or less increment $150
Sanitary Sewer System: sanitary sewer pipe every 50' or less increment $150
Sanitary sewer manhole connection (existing manhole) (each) $181.25
Sanitary sewer manhole placement in the pavement (each) $312.50
Water Distribution System: water line every 50' or less increment $150
Water Distribution System: water tap under pavement (each) $300
Water Distribution System: cut in tee for water line not under pavement (each) $843.75
Water Distribution System: cut in tee for water line under pavement (each) $843.75
Fire Hydrant (each) $168.75
Overtime inspection (nighttime in range of 6 p.m. to 7 a.m., Saturday, Sunday or Holiday requires 72-hour advance email request for consideration)
Overtime inspection: less than or equal to four (4) hours $337.50
Overtime inspection: greater than four (4) hours $675
Floodplain Development Permit Preliminary (per permit) $60.50
Floodplain Development Permit Secondary (per permit) $363
Subdivision Plan Review and Construction Inspection (percentage of est. cost of construction) 4%
Right of Way License Agreement: existing right-of-way use license agreement annual increase in fee for linear ft. of each cable 5%
Right of Way License Agreement: right-of-way use license agreement fee for linear foot of each cable initial cost $1.95
Right of Way License Agreement: review and inspection of right-of-way use license agreement cable (every 100 ft.) $31.25
Small Cell Infrastructure applications fees: network node (on each application) $550
Small Cell Infrastructure applications fees: node support pole (per application for each pole) $1100
Small Cell Infrastructure applications fees: transport facility (network nodes are allowed on each permit) $550
Annual Public Rights-of-Ways Use Rates: network node (per network node site) $27.50
Annual Public Rights-of-Ways Use Rates: transport facility $30.80

In case any work for which a permit is started prior to obtaining such a permit, the fee above-specified shall be doubled

Acquiring a Permit for Work Within the Right-of-Way FAQs:

What is the right-of-way?

The right of way includes all paved surface plus the curb and gutter plus some distance behind the curb. The width of right of way behind the curb varies. A public map is available online.

When is a right-of-way permit required?

If the proposed work falls within the City of Waco right-of-way, a permit is always required.

***A “Building Permit” does not cover any work to be done in the right-of-way (driveways, sidewalks, curb & gutter, alleys, etcetera.)***

Which right-of-way permit is required and who can get the permit?
  • Cement Permit - (residential or commercial) for any concrete work to be performed within the right-of-way. This permit can only be issued to a contractor or property owner that is bonded with the city.
  • Street Opening Permit - for all excavation and/or installation of utility appurtenances within the right-of-way. This permit will be issued to the contractor that will be performing the work.
What is required to get a right-of-way permit?

For a Cement Permit only, the contractor or property owner must have a City of Waco Cement Bond on file. All permits, plans or drawings approved by the City of Waco Development Engineer is required.

***A Traffic Control Plan shall be required for any obstruction of the flow of traffic on collector or arterial streets and for any traffic lane closures which obstruct the flow of traffic for longer than four hours at a time on local streets. Traffic Control Plans shall be prepared and submitted. Review and approval can take up to 15 calendar days***