November 19, 2020 - In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the City of Fort Wayne Right of Way office will be closed to the public starting November 23, with plans to reopen on January 19.

We will continue to process permit applications through our website. If you would like to submit an application for a right of way permit please visit our online portal at:  

You may contact the department at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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Sau BaccaratTelephone Inquiries: 

  • General right-of-way or permit inquiries:
  •  Questions regarding a violation letter:
    • (260) 427-2721


  • Citizens Square
    200 E. Berry St, Suite 210
    Fort Wayne IN 46802

Sau Baccarat E-mail:

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Sau BaccaratThe Right-of-Way (ROW) Department falls under the authority and jurisdiction of the Divison of Public Works.

Sau BaccaratThe department is comprised of the permit office which is responsible for the processing and issuance of over 3,000 permit applications annually, as well as the ROW Enforcement Inspectors who address neighborhood right-of-way concerns to ensure the safety of pedestrians and motorists alike.

The office issues permits for construction activity (such as new and/or reconstruction of sidewalks, drive approaches and parking lots) that will occur in the right-of-way as well as providing approval for block parties, parades and events that will take place on City property.

The City of Fort Wayne Right-of-Way Department is committed to providing efficient, superior service, at the lowest possible cost to our fellow neighbors.

Sau BaccaratIn general, all departmental expenses are off-set by permit revenues


Ensure all excavations in the rights-of-way are properly restored in order to minimize damage to public property.

Ensure all non-City funded construction occurring in the rights-of-way adheres to City engineering standards and specifications through our permit process, inspections and enforcement efforts.

Sau BaccaratInvestigate and approve Encroachment Agreements.

Respond to a variety of neighborhood concerns that in some fashion relates to the public rights-of-way.

Respond to and resolve all citizens' complaints falling within our jurisdiction through appropriate enforcement of City ordinances

Sau BaccaratReview & analyze infrastructure placement requests in order to optimize facilities placement while minimizing infrastructure conflicts within the rights-of-way

 Right-of-Way Permits
Barricade Permits Parade Permits
Block Party Permits Parking Lot Permits
Driveway Access Permits Pole Line Permit
Excavation Permits Sidewalk Permits
Oversize /Overweight Permits Utility and Cell Tower Permits - 
Click for additional details and to review tower requests/placement
Encroachment Agreement -
Click to read more about the process
Right-of-Way Improvement Packages


Guardrail and Attenuator Repair Package

Concrete Leveling

  • This involves the pumping and levelling of sunken or depressed concrete slabs that are not cracked or broken. This could be either sidewalk slabs or concrete pavement slabs. The repair would involve drilling a hole in the slab and pumping a slurry or polyurethane foam to level the sunken slab with the adjacent ones. Concrete slabs can typically sink or be depressed when they are placed on bad subgrade or have washouts underneath the slab due to utility leaks or voids. This is a cheaper alternative to addressing sunken or depressed slabs than replacing the entire slab. The City will be using this option wherever appropriate to affect concrete street, sidewalk, or curb repairs.

Sidewalk Trip Hazard Package

  • This involves the saw cutting of heaved sidewalk concrete slabs that are in good condition provided they have not heaved more than 1½ inches. The heaved portion can be horizontally sawed off so that the trip hazard is eliminated. This is a cheaper alternative than replacing the entire slab of sidewalk concrete. City uses this option to affect quick and cost effective repairs to heaved sidewalk areas.