Highway Permits

Per 605 ILCS 5/9 113, IDOT requires a permit when working within the right-of-way of an Interstate, U.S. state route, Illinois state route, or state maintained roadway. A permit must be obtained prior to the start of any work and a copy of the approved permit must be at the worksite at all times. There are two types of permits for work within state right-of-way. Below is the process and resources for applying for a Highway Permit - for all non-utility work in right-of-way (municipalities, residential, commercial, agricultural, etc.)

There are two types of permits (utility and highway) for work with state right-of-way.

Requirements

The Handbook for the Policy on Permits for Access Driveways to State Highways provides a guide to what is allowable when the permit application, OPER 1045, is submitted to our office.

The Quality Standard for Work Zone Traffic Control Devices provides a guide to what is allowable when the permit application is submitted to an IDOT district office. This guide is to help determine what is appropriate when it comes to placing utilities on the right-of-way. The most common requests come from private placement of utilities, municipalities, or utility company requests to do work on state property. 

Make Contact

To determine the IDOT district(s) where your project will take place, please view our District Map that identifies which contact information applies your county. Requirements may vary by District, therefore, please contact your district office for specific permit requirements.

Apply

To begin the permit process, please complete the Highway Permit Application or a letter of request including a description of proposed work, location map, detailed drawings, traffic studies, traffic control plan and other pertinent information, depending upon the requirements determined by the district office. 

Submit two copies of the letter of request along with all required attachments to the District office for approval and processing.  District specific forms and information can be found in the Reference tab of this page. 

 

Additional forms:

Next Steps

After the request or application has been reviewed the district may require a bond, two copies of the bond must be submitted to the district office. The district will inform you of the required bond value. Inform the district if you have a Blanket Bond to cover work in Illinois.

IDOT will supply the permittee with a highway permit for execution, and also if required, a bond and/or resolution. The time frame for receiving a permit varies depending upon the project. For larger developments, subdivisions or permits with signals/turn lanes, please allow 9 to 14 months from first submission to permit issuance.

Bond Note: 
Regardless of when work is completed, the permit must be held with an active bond for a period of five years after date of permit issue. If the surety requires a letter from the state verifying a bond may be cancelled, a letter of cancellation must be sent to issuing district referencing the permit number issued. 

If a blanket bond was issued, the bond must remain active until five years after the last permit was issued against the blanket bond. To cancel a blanket bond, a letter of cancellation must be sent after five years from the date of last permit issue. 

Permit Compliance

The following manuals and guides provide requirements for your permit. 

  • Work Zone Safety and Mobility Rule:  Safety 3-07 Safety Engineering Policy 3-07 complies with the updated Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) work zone regulations at 23 CFR 630 Subpart J. The policy intent is to address safety and mobility issues starting early in project development and continuing through project completion. The goals are focused both on reducing fatal and serious injury crashes in work zones, coupled with minimizing work zone delays for motorists. This policy was developed in coordination with FHWA, affected IDOT Bureaus and Districts, and local agency representatives.

To download the full policy with the following updated appendices, click here:

  • Work Zone Safety & Mobility Process Flow Chart
  • Significant Route Locations
  • Transportation Management Plan Components Checklist
  • Work Zone Q Tool
  • Work Zone Q User Guide
  • Current Training Classes
  • FHWA Publications

Utilize the IDOT Highway Standards to meet IDOT requirements for connections to the state roadway.

IDOT publishes and maintains the BDE Manual which establishes uniform policies and procedures for the location, design and environmental evaluation of highway construction projects on the state highway system. Chapter 36 of the BDE Manual provides guidance in the design of intersections including alignment, profile, design vehicles, turning radii, right turning roadways, left and right-turn lanes, intersection sight distance, channelized islands, and intersections near railroads.

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Reference

Federal Guidelines

State Utility Regulation

  • JULIE Illinois law requires all persons digging, regardless of the depth of the project, to call JULIE at 1-800-892-0123 at least 48 hours (two working days) prior to the start of excavation and to begin that excavation project within 14 calendar days from calling JULIE. (The 48 hour notice does not include Saturdays, Sundays, or holidays.) Failure to contact JULIE prior to excavation in accordance with the law can carry penalties from $200 up to $5,000 for each separate offense.
  • The Illinois Commerce Commission is the enforcement body for the law, not JULIE. JULIE Enforcement On July 27, 2001 , Governor Ryan signed House Bill 2138 (Public Act 92-0179) revising the Illinois Underground Utility Facilities Damage Prevention Act. The Act outlines the responsibilities of underground of utility facility operators and excavators with regard to notifying the State-Wide One-Call Notice System (otherwise known as "JULIE"), marking the underground utility facilities, and excavating near utility facilities. One of the revisions to the Act was to make ICC responsible for enforcement of violations of the Act.

Bridge Information

District Specific Reference Material

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