What is Road Right-of-Way?
The Calhoun County Road Department (CCRD) has jurisdiction over county road right-of-way. Typically, this area is 33 feet from the centerline of a county roadway.
Items and/or activities that are NOT allowed in the right-of-way include:
- Retaining walls
- Landscaping (fieldstone, berm, trees, shrubs, flowers, etc.)
- Ditch fill in
- Agricultural commodities when there is a sight distance issue
- Mailboxes that will not yield when hit
- Any obstructions that have the potential of obscuring sight distance, signage, or may be a potential safety hazard.
CCRD activities that are performed in the right-of-way include:
- Shoulder Maintenance
- Brush Removal
- Berm Removal
- Sign Installation
- Guardrail Installation/Maintenance
- Roadside cleanup
When do I need a permit?
A permit is required for any type of work or activity that will be performed within the right-of-way including:
- Driveway installation/resurfacing
- Tree removal
- Utility installation
- Ditch modification
- Minor landscape
- Road closure (parade, celebration, festival or similar activity)
- Right-of-Way maintenance
How long does it take to issue a permit?
CCRD completes application review and field work within 8-10 business days, provided that all information is complete and correct.
Applying for a permit?
- Application packets are available at the CCRD office, by mail or on our website here.
- Complete a right-of-way application. Make sure you include all information, as incomplete
applications will not be processed.
- Include a sketch that shows the nearest crossroads and the proposed work to be completed.
- Submit the applicable fees.
- Provide proof of liability insurance.
- CCRD staff will review the application and sketch and conduct a site inspection.
- Upon receiving the permit, the prescribed work may be completed in accordance with the terms of the permit