County road right of way is County property and requires a permit for use by utilities. Utility easements are located outside the ROW. Utility lines, boxes, markers, etc. are to be installed within the utility easement.
The utility company is responsible for locating the utility easement as part of designing an installation project. The utility easement provides permanent access for utilities to install, repair, or maintain lines. Keeping utility lines out of the ROW reduces the occurrences of County work impacting utilities and the potential out of service time for your customers.
Utilities that cross County right of way are to be:
1. Located 36” below the ditch line in order to avoid a conflict with any ditch work, and
2. Placed at a right angle under the road.
When a utility line is installed under a County road, indicating it crosses the right of way, a bore permit is required**. Email the following to our office:
- Bore Permit form, completed for each bore location. Please contact the Highway Department before submitting multiple bore permit applications at once.
- Map of each bore location
- Utility Bond for you and/or the contractor doing the work at the noted bore location. The utility bond should be $5,000 per crossing; most utility bonds are issued for a large enough liability that they will cover multiple crossings in a single bond.
To apply for a bore permit, complete the form below:
**Bore permits are good for 60 days from the date issued.