Right of Way Permits


Any actions that interfere with county right-of-way require some type of Snohomish County permit or agreement.

Planning and Development Services is responsible for permitting activities such as creating a driveway to a new home, building public roads in a new housing subdivision or installing utilities such as sewer beneath a heavily traveled road. View more information.

Staff from the Public Works Customer Service Center review and administer some of the permits and agreements that are governed by Snohomish County Code Title 13: Roads and Bridges

Applications for traffic control permits or other Type A/B/C permits may be submitted electronically to the Customer Service Center staff

The following information is available regarding a new permit or obtaining a copy of an existing permit for activities listed below:

  • Shoulder/Lane/Road Closures. (View Bulletin No. 102)
    This permit is typically issued by Public Works in conjunction with the Title 13 Type D right of way use permits for construction issued by Planning and Development Services. Applications for traffic control of shoulder/lane/road closures may be submitted to the Public Works Customer Service Center or mailed in (see sidebar for hours, location and mailing address). Complete applications will be accepted as per the checklist below.
  • Type C permits: Placement of non-permanent items in the right of way such as fences, landscaping, bus stops, drop boxes, tree cutting, neighborhood watch signs (Bulletin No. 104), single user utility placements.

    These applications are submitted in person at the Public Works Customer Service Center. Application and permit fee is generally 140.00. Please phone 425-388-6453 for specific requirements prior to application. 
  • Type E and other miscellaneous permits: Required for long-term new, or revised uses of public right of way such as new or updated utility franchises and road establishments, as well as vacations of public right of way.

    These actions usually require administrative approval by Council and may take a year or more to fully execute. Please contact the Public Works Customer Service Center for additional information 425-388-6453.