Right of Way Inspection
Changes to Service
In response to National, State, and Local Declarations of Emergency, we are temporarily changing how we provide our services, effective immediately until further notice. See below for details:
Fort Collins suspends permitting for some temporary signs
The City of Fort Collins has suspended permitting for some temporary signs placed by essential businesses during the coronavirus outbreak.
Press Release: https://www.fcgov.com/news/?id=7712
For more information about the City’s response to COVID-19, visit fcgov.com/coronavirus.
Engineering Staff on Call, Permits, Applications and Submittals
281 N. College Avenue is open by appointment only. Please call 970-416-2740, Mon-Thurs 9am - 4pm to set up an appointment. Due to the City’s ability to conduct most business transactions online or by phone, this step is intended to reduce risk to both community members and City staff.
The City remains committed to providing customer service during this time. Under this temporary protocol, we cannot accept in-person submittals or permit applications, or issue permits in person, nor can we respond to inquiries or engineering concerns in-person. Customers may contact us by:
- For Excavation permits - all permits will be submitted electronically. For details: https://www.fcgov.com/engineering/excavation
- For Small Cell permits - all permits will be submitted electronically. For details: https://www.fcgov.com/engineering/smallcell
- For all other permits - please submit electronically to ZW5naW5lZXJpbmdAZmNnb3YuY29t
- Contractor Licensing – please submit electronically to ZW5naW5lZXJpbmdAZmNnb3YuY29t, original signed/stamped bonds will need to be mailed to the address listed on the Engineering webpage, prior to approval.
Review of plans and permit applications will continue, with much of our staff either working remotely or practicing social distancing in the office. Please note the City will make it best efforts to review all permits, licenses, etc., but anticipate delays in the process during this time. Engineering recommends that permits be applied for when declarations are lifted.
For now, we will be continuing inspections to sites as necessary:
- Development Inspections: 970-221-6609
- Right-of-way Inspections: Jason Martin: 970-416-2779, Ryan Boehle: 970-416-2906
Engineering will only be accepting credit/debit card payments by calling 970-416-2740, Mon-Thurs 9am - 4pm. The customer will need to leave their contact information for a call back and permit number for payments to be processed. During this time please do not call the phone number indicated on the permit notification.
Construction Inspectors work with the development and construction community to ensure compliance to the City's codes, standards and specifications. Part of the inspector's job is to research and implement new construction techniques, materials, and recommend specification changes when warranted. Inspection services are provided on capital projects, subdivision development, and construction permit work.
Permits Issued by Engineering
Contractors wanting to perform work in the City Public Right-of-way will need a contractor's license, asphalt license and/or a utility license issued by City Engineering.
|Excavation Permit *Link to New Website*||Also called a "street cut permit," an excavation permit is issued anytime cutting is done in the City right-of-way i.e. sidewalk work, boring, cutting street. Anyone excavating in the public right-of-way, whether licensed contractors, licensed plumbers, City crews, utility contractors, etc. needs to acquire a permit.||Fees on webpage|
|Encroachment Permit||Issued when obstructions or encroachments are erected in City right-of-way i.e. tables, fences, posts, dumpsters, etc.||$10 application fee for minor, $10 inspection fee; $500 application fee for major, inspection fee TBD|
|Sidewalk & Drive Approach Permit||Issued when work on sidewalk or drive approach for driveway is done.||
$25 (up to 15')
$0.30 (for add'l footage)
|Over Length/Oversized Vehicle||Issued when an over-length, over-sized, over-weight vehicle uses City streets i.e. trucks hauling large loads (yachts, machinery, etc.).||No fee (non-structure)|
|Moving Buildings, Houses, Mobile Homes||Issued when moving houses, sheds, mobile homes and other buildings.||$25 (structure only)|
|House Numbers||Issued when groups want to paint house numbers on curbs in neighborhoods. Usually non-profit groups.||No Fee|
|Stockpiling||Issued to allow temporary storage of suitable fill material for future use in a construction project.||$65|
|Vertical Banner||Requirements for design.||No Fee|
|Development Construction||$400 application fee; development fees vary; smaller $200|
|Newspaper Encroachment & Indemnity Agreement||Permit required to place any free-standing publication rack within City rights of way. This includes locations within the downtown area occupied by modular condominiums. One (1) permit is required annually - per location.||$10 per application per year|
|Portable Signs in the Right of Way||Permit to place portable signs in public rights of way. This is limited to a defined area (view map). Permit must be inspected and approved prior to placement, "grandfather" locations do not apply (view City Code).||$10 per application per year|
|Outdoor Seating Encroachment & Indemnity Agreement||Outdoor seating guidelines||$50 per application|
|Fence Permit||Permit to install fences adjacent to the Public Right-of-Way.||No Fee|