What is the Right-of-Way?

All public roads are located within an area that is referred to as public right-of-way.  Inside the Right-of-Way typically public facilities can be found such as:

  • Roadway or driving surface
  • Shoulders and ditch
  • Public utilities
  • Sidewalks, curbs, drive approach and tree lawn
  • Traffic signs

Public right-of-way width is generally located from the back of sidewalk on one side of the road to the back of sidewalk on the other side.

When Do I Need to Obtain a Permit?

A Right-of-Way Construction Permit is required for any work in the public right-of-way (including, but not limited to, storm drainage, driveway installations, sidewalks, curbs and gutters, landscaping, irrigation installation, utility installations, tree removals or any other excavation or installation in the right-of-way). The Contractor is required to obtain the permit prior to beginning work.

How Do I Obtain a Permit?

A permit may be obtained online at Access Kettering.

Instructions to Apply Online

Utility companies can visit our Utilities page for information.

Required Documents from Contractor


• Provide a Certificate of Insurance as proof of the required coverage.
• Adequate coverage is: liability arising out of bodily injury to persons or damage to property in the amount of no less than $500,000, written on a per occurrence basis. The City of Kettering shall be named as an additional insured on the policy.


• An adequate EXCAVATION BOND for $5,000 EXCAVATION BOND renewable on a yearly basis. However, projects exceeding this amount must be bonded for separately. Click on Annual Excavation Bond to download and print.
• A CASH BOND for the estimated cost of the work may be posted and will be held for one year.

Email bond and insurance to ketteringengineering@ketteringoh.org

Bond Form


All permits will cost $20.00.

Traffic Control

All Construction activity that takes place in the City of Kettering right of way must follow the Ohio Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (OMUTCD) for temporary traffic control in the roadway. View the OMUTCD
For questions  KetteringEngineering@ketteringoh.org.
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