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 work site at all times. Below is the process and resources for applying for a permit for Utility Work in right-of-way (new installations, maintenance of existing utilities and utility relocations; mainly for municipalities and utility companies.)
There are two types of permits (utility and highway) for work with state right-of-way.
The Accommodation of Utilities on Right-of-Way Rule, Title 92 provides a guide to what is allowable when the permit application is submitted to our 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 municipalities and utility companies requesting to do work on state property.
To determine the IDOT district(s) your project will take place, please utilize the District Map and District Project Support information provided. Requirements may vary by district, therefore, please contact your district office for specific permit requirements.
Complete a Utility Permit Application (Region One Utility Permit Application) and include a description of proposed work, location map, detailed drawings, plans, and any other pertinent information. Federal, state and district policy and procedural guides are provided in the Reference tab. Submit two copies of the permit request along with all required information to the district office for approval and processing.
IDOT Utility Permit Application Forms:
After the 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.
IDOT Utility Permit Bond Form
IDOT will supply the permittee with a utility permit for execution, and also if required, an attached bond.
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.
The health and safety of utility crews working on the right of way and the traveling public in work zones is among our main concerns, and all necessary traffic control should be used (signs, barricades, flaggers, etc.). Complete lists of Highway Traffic Control Standards are available on our Resources tab under Standards.
Message Boards may be required with the Traffic Control Standards to ensure public safety when traffic complexities and hazards arise.
IDOT Reference Material:
The Illinois BDE Manual, Chapter 6 Utility Coordination, provides information on the policies and procedures that should be employed when processing utility adjustments for IDOT highway improvement projects.
Utilize the IDOT Highway Standards to meet IDOT requirements for connections to the state roadway.