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Right-of-Way Permits are a crucial component in managing the safe and effective use of the public rights-of-way (ROW). These permits grant permission to temporarily disrupt the public ROW to maintain and/ or improve infrastructure. Rules and regulations for using the ROW are outlined in the ROW Ordinance.

  • Internal Permits
    These permits are for work done on city maintained infrastructure, such as the city’s water system.

    Right-of-Way Permits are a crucial component in managing the safe and effective use of the public rights-of-way. These permits grant internal utilities permission to temporarily disrupt the public rights-of-way (ROW) in order to maintain and/ or improve their infrastructure. The permits also serve to notify the Public Works Right of Way Inspection team that there are activities in the ROW that need oversight from a safety and restoration standpoint.

    For General Contractors:
    Before applying for a permit, contractors must have a valid and up to date contractor registration, which can be obtained by submitting a Contractor Registration Form. Contractor registration must be renewed annually.
    A utility registration check will also be required to ensure that contractors are bonded and have met the proper requirements for working on city infrastructure.

    Permitting Process:
    Fill out the Right-of-Way permit application, and include all supporting documents.
    Permits may be extended by filling out a permit extension request.
     
    Important Documents:
    Internal ROW Application
    Permit Extension Request
    ROW Notification Form
     
  • Wireless Small Cell Permits
    These permits are for work related to wireless small cell / 5G infrastructure in the city right of way.
     

    The City of Denton has a new application process for small-cell facilities in the public right-of-way (ROW).  This process allows for the installation of small-cell facilities on existing, new, and publicly-owned structures (ex: traffic-signal poles and streetlight poles) within the public ROW.

    The new process is in accordance with Senate Bill 1004, Chapter 284, enacted by the State of Texas on June 9, 2017.  Small-cell facilities are typically comprised of network nodes, antennas, associated wireless equipment, and fiber transportation facilities.

    Wireless Small Cell Application Process

    Pre-Application:

    Before applying for the permits, the network provider (agency) seeking to install small-cell facilities must register with the City of Denton by submitting a Contractor Registration Form.

    After Registering as a Contractor, the next step is to secure an E-911 address for the desired Small-Cell installation location:
     
    • Create a site map for the desired location, indication the proposed location in the context of surrounding addresses/ intersections
    • Submit an email to angela.adams@cityofdenton.com including the request for an E-911 address and accompanying site map. Note: E-911 addresses will need to be printed on the required plan submittals for a Right-of-Way (ROW) permit.
    Application:

    Fill out the Right-of-Way permit application, and include all supporting documents.

    • As per Senate Bill 1004, Chapter 284 up to 30 node locations can be included on an application. If there is more than one location, all locations on the permit need to be approved (or withdrawn by the applicant) before the permit can be approved
    • Each Pole will need a single application.

    Applications are accepted on Tuesdays between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

    Once a complete application has passed technical review, and all associated fees have been collected, a ROW permit will be issued.

    Pre-Construction:

    After the issuance of the Wireless ROW Permit, a notice to proceed will be required prior to beginning construction. The notice can be obtained by attending a Pre-Construction (Pre-Con) meeting. Pre-Cons are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month on the 2nd floor of the Service Center, located at 901-A Texas St.

    After Securing a Notice to Proceed, an initial inspection will need to be scheduled in E-Trakit.


    If you have questions regarding the Small Cell Permitting Process, contact Haley Salazar at haley.salazar@cityofdenton.com, or (940) 349-7227.
     
  • Franchise Permits – NEW PROCESS COMING SOON!
    These permits are for work related to non-city maintained infrastructure in the city right of way, such as telecom infrastructure.
  • Traffic Control Plan (TCP) Only
    These permits are for blocking a portion of the city right-of-way. 

    The ROW may need to be blocked off at times for reasons besides working on infrastructure, for example, work on private property that requires heavy machinery and or materials to be temporairly stored in the roadway.

    By going through the permitting process, the City of Denton can ensure that the area blocked off adheres to appropriate TMUTCD traffic control plans, ensuring the safe passage of pedestrian and vehicles through the ROW.