It is unlawful for any person to perform any work (construction, removal, relocation, surface alteration/maintenance, utility installation/removal, tree services, etc.) or place any stationary object within the city right-of-way. City right-of-way includes, but is not limited to, public roadways, sidewalks along roadways, alleys, parks, public places and easements. Right-of-way permit applications are submitted online via the office’s permit website. If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact the Permit office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 757-933-2311.
In general, right-of-way permit applications must include the following items either electronically attached to the application or delivered/mailed to the Permit office:
- A sketch/plan of the proposed work in accordance with the requirements set forth in Chapter 38, Article III – Work On, Over, Under or Affecting Streets, in the Newport News Code of Ordinances
- Documented proof of general liability insurance, a separate endorsement naming the city as an additional insured and a document stating the city will be notified thirty (30) days prior to policy cancellation (or ten  days for nonpayment).
- An original signed refundable performance bond (a letter of credit or a certified check will also be accepted in lieu of a bond) with a minimum value of five thousand dollars ($5,000.00). The required bond value increases if the estimated cost of repairs within the right-of-way exceeds the minimum value. In some cases a detailed cost estimate is required for review and approval by a city engineer.
- A temporary traffic control plan in accordance with the latest edition of the Virginia Work Area Protection Manual (VAWAPM) and the latest edition of the U.S. Department of Transportation Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).
An incomplete submission can cause significant delays in permit issuance for projects of all scopes and sizes. Certain projects may require additional documents not specifically mentioned above. If you have any questions, please contact the Permit office at email@example.com or 757-933-2311.
Permit fees vary based on the permit type and the size of the project within the right-of-way. Please refer to Chapter 38, Article III – Work On, Over, Under or Affecting Streets, in the Newport News Code of Ordinances for the current fee schedule.