Right-of-Way Use

The Right-of-Way Use members of the Permitting Division are responsible for permitting activities in the county's road rights-of-way such as: creating a driveway to a new home, building future public roads in a new housing subdivision, or installing miles of sewer main deep beneath a heavily traveled paved road.

Permit Fees and Charges
Change of Ownership/Transfer of Project Permits
Submitting Insurance Information to the County

Development Acceptance & Bond Administration


Any development project, no matter how big or small, which will encompass any work within the public’s right-of-way, is reviewed for compliance with Title 13, Snohomish County Road Ordinance*, and Title 30, Snohomish County Unified Development Code*. During this review process, it is determined which of these ordinances (or both) govern the project. A bond may be required from the applicant prior to permit issuance to guarantee construction, restoration, and performance of the installed facilities.

For more information regarding potential project bonding requirements for proposed construction in the public right-of-way, please contact Shawn Toevs at (425) 388-3385.

*Bonding requirements per code: Title 13 - Sections 13.10.104 through 13.10.114 and Title 30 - Section 30.84.

County Road Utility Construction


Utility Construction Plan Requirements
Utility Application Submittal Checklist
Right-of-Way Use Utility Application
Utility Pre Design Conference Checklist
EDDS Deviation for projects vested on or after September 30, 2010

Small Project Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)
Erosion Control BMPs

Driveway (Access) Permits and Culvert Enclosure Permits

  • For work within the public right-of-way only. This permit type does not provide approval for construction on private property
  • If your property fronts on a county right-of-way and you wish to create a driveway that will connect to the public road, you must obtain a county access permit
  • If you have an existing, non-permitted driveway and no structures on your property, and are coming to the department for development permit(s), you will be required to obtain a permit to bring your driveway access up to current standards
  • If you, or a commercial logger, are performing a logging activity and the logging truck(s) will access onto a county road
  • If you will be accessing from a private road that does not exist, a right-of-way use construction permit will be required to construct the private road intersection to the county road
  • Not if you access your property from an existing private road
  • Contact 425-388-3385 for an Access / Culvert Enclosure Permit Application, the permit fee is $82.40
County Road Access Application