Why do I need a Permit?
Public road rights-of-way serve a number of purposes - transportation routes for vehicles and pedestrians; corridors for the installation of electricity, phone and other utilities; and access to abutting properties. It is vital to the safety of all users of road rights-of-way that conflicts are kept to a minimum, and that work done within a right-of-way occurs in a safe, efficient manner. The application process allows Public Works to monitor and coordinate activities within county road rights-of-way.
Are there fees for the Permits?
Yes, as of January 1, 2018 the fees (effective by BCC Order #2017-057) are:
|Driveway Access Permit||$190.00|
|Road Encroachment Permit||$130.00|
|Driveway Access Waiver||$65.00|
|Road Vacation - Application||$90.00|
|Road Vacation - No Hearing||$300.00|
|Road Vacation - Hearing||$1,000.00|
|*Development Construction Plan Review||$450.00|
|*Development Construction Inspection||$2,200.00|
(*These two services potentially have a very wide range of scope/size. As proposed, the fees are only a percentage of the total charge for estimated average cost of these services. As such, it is extremely unlikely that actual cost would fall below the proposed fees. However, should this occur, Public Works would reimburse the difference to the applicant.)
Returned check fee $35.00
(Effective 12/02/2015 by BCC Order #2015-030)
All fees are subject to Board of County Commissioners Order. Please call Public Works to confirm the posted fees are the most current.
What types of Facility Permits does the Public Works Department issue?
Facility Permits cover work affecting roads and right-of-way under county jurisdiction. Facility Permits include:
-Major Road Improvement
-Minor Road Improvement
A Driveway/Road Access Permit is required for all new driveways or for changes to an existing driveway within a county road right-of-way. This permit must be obtained before a Development Permit or Building Permit can be issued. Only a prequalified licensed contractor may apply for the permit. A certificate of liability insurance is required naming Josephine County Public Works as holder. The applicant must additionally supply the legal description of the property (Township, Range, Section and Tax Lot number). A wooden stake will be given to the applicant to mark the desired location of the driveway. A Field Supervisor will check the marked location to determine if the location has adequate sight distance and if a drainage culvert is required. After the field inspection is made, the Supervisor will notify the office of the requirements. The permit will then be issued.
A Road Encroachment Permit is required whenever private facilities are proposed to be constructed within a right-of-way. Examples include fences, structures, signs and landscaping. Public Works will determine if the encroachment should be allowed, and if so, whether it should be on a temporary or permanent basis.
-Major Road Improvement
A Major Road Improvement Permit is required for construction or alteration of a county road that necessitates detailed plans, as determined by Public Works.
-Minor Road Improvement
A Minor Road Improvement Permit is required for construction or alteration of a county road that does not require detailed plans, as determined by Public Works.
A Utility Permit is required whenever public facilities, such as water, sewer, gas or transmission lines, are proposed to be constructed within a right-of-way.
A Special Permit is required for the temporary use of a county right-of-way for business or non-business operations or public events, such as log loading, removal or alteration of vegetation, scheduled public walks, runs, and biking events.
A Street Plug Application must be reviewed and approved in order for an area of land dedicated to the public, or deeded to the county as road right-of-way, can be used to extend a road or to connect through to another public road. The Public Works Dept reviews the application and all information pertaining to the street plug and makes a recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners, who will, through the usual process either approve or deny the application.
A Road Vacation Application must be reviewed and approved as well. The term “vacation” means the complete or partial abandonment or termination of the public right to use a street, or other public service easement. The Board of County Commissioners hears requests for roadway vacations when appropriate property owners request them, and those property owners can demonstrate, with county staff support, that roadway abandonment is not harmful to the public interest. Some vacations require a hearing and some do not.