Land Use Permits
24 VAC 30-151
The General Rules and Regulations of the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) provide that no work of any nature shall be performed on Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) highway right-of-way, a park-and-ride lot or safety rest area until written permission has been obtained from VDOT. Written permission is granted either by permit or a state-authorized contract let by VDOT.
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About Land Use Permit Regulations
Land Use Permit Regulations set forth the rules that individuals, localities, and other entities must follow in order to conduct activities other than travel on the Commonwealth's highway systems that are under VDOT jurisdiction. These include activities such as installation of utilities, construction of private and commercial entrances, landscaping, the temporary use of the right-of-way, as well as numerous other types of activities. The regulations set forth criteria used by VDOT when determining whether to issue a permit. The regulations are intended to preserve the integrity of the highway system and protect the safety of motorists, pedestrians, and highway workers.
Development of the Land Use Permit Regulations
The current Land Use Permit Regulations were prepared in accordance with Virginia’s Administrative Process Act. To assure a broad outreach of public input VDOT encouraged the public to provide comments on the proposed regulations and standards for a 60 day period. Input was submitted via the internet, the U.S. Mail, and in-person at three (3) public hearings conducted throughout the state. The proposed regulations and standards were also published in the Virginia Register and posted on VDOT’s website.
- More than 53 written and public hearing comments were received from individuals, developers, companies, consultants, and business organizations. VDOT utilized these comments along with input from other stakeholders to develop the final version of the regulations.
- Public hearing comments and VDOT responses (PDF, 316 MB)
The current Land Use Permit Regulations were approved by the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) on October 15, 2009 and became effective on March 17, 2010. These new regulations replace the 1983 Land Use Permit Manual.
Applying for a Permit
Most land use permits can be obtained at local VDOT district permit offices. Certain permits, such as district-wide permits that cover regional activities rather than a specific location, are issued through the VDOT Central Office Land Use Permit section in Richmond.
The type of activities that are requested through the land use permitting process varies greatly. To provide the customer with information specific to their request the following documents have been provided for many of the typical land use permit types. The customer should consult the local VDOT district permit office for guidance relating to unique requests not found here.
Note: All documents are Microsoft Word files unless otherwise noted.
|LUP-BR||Bicycle Race Events|
|LUP-DWSV||District-wide Permit - Surveying Operations|
|LUP-DWTLE||District-wide Permit - Temporary Logging Entrances|
|LUP-DWUSC||District-wide Permit - Utility Service Connections|
|LUP-GC||Golf Cart & Utility Vehicle Accommodation|
|LUP-IR||Private Irrigation System Installation|
|LUP-LS||Landscape Installation & Maintenance|
|LUP-OAVC||Outdoor Advertising Structure Vegetation Control|
|LUP-PE||Private Entrance Installation|
|LUP-PRC||Photo-Red Camera System Installation|
|LUP-PU||Private Utility Service Crossing|
|LUP-RC||Road Construction - Commercial Entrance Installation|
|LUP-RGCRI||Regional Permit - Cultural Resource Investigation|
|LUP-RGUTT||Regional Permit - Utility Tree Trimming Operations|
|LUP-RM||Roadside Memorial Installation|
|LUP-SWCD||Soil and Water Conservation District Sign Installation|
|LUP-VM||Volunteer Mowing Activities|
The applicable land use permit form is dependent upon the type of activity to be performed within VDOT right-of-way. Because this work can vary significantly, the following forms have been provided to assist the customer in making application for a land use permit.
Note: All forms are Microsoft Word files unless otherwise noted.
|LUP-A||Land Use Permit Application|
|LUP-AUA||Agricultural Use Agreement|
|LUP-BMA||Land Use Permit Application - Building Movement|
|LUP-BMI||Building Movement - Investigator’s Report|
|LUP-BMQ||Building Mover Prequalification Questionnaire|
|LUP-BMR||Building Movement - Route Certification|
|LUP-BMV||Building Movement - VDOT Recommendation|
|LUP-CS||Cash Surety Affidavit|
|LUP-CSB||Corporate Surety Bond|
|LUP-CUA||Commercial Use Agreement|
|LUP-ESCCC||Erosion & Sediment Control Contractor Certification|
|LUP-IPP||Land Use Permit Application – In Place Utility (New Street Acceptance)|
|LUP-LC||Bank Irrevocable Letter of Credit|
|LUP-OC||Open-Cut Pavement Restoration Requirements|
|LUP-PA||Permit Agreement for Occupation of Right-of-Way|
|LUP-PRU||Land Use Permit Application - Prior Rights Utility|
|LUP-SEA||Special Event Approvals|
|LUP-SEI||Special Event Information|
|LUP-SPG||Special Provisions - General|
|LUP-WZTCC||Work Zone Traffic Control Certification|
|RESOLUTION||City, County, Town Resolution|
|LUP-A||Land Use Permit Application in PDF|
The following guidance information and associated documents are being provided to the customer as additional resources relating to the land use permitting processes.
Note: All appendices are Microsoft Word files unless otherwise noted.
|Frequently asked questions|
|Processing permit requests on limited access right-of-way|
|Checklist for processing limited access permit requests|
|Processing requests for changes in limited access control|
|Processing permit requests for Fiber Optic Resource Sharing Projects (FORS)|
|Procedures for addressing delinquent permits|
|Processing permit requests for Comprehensive Roadside Management Projects (CRMP)|
|Processing permit requests for Roadside Management Special Projects (RMSP)|
|Illicit Discharge Notification Template|
|Quit Claim Deed - Power Distribution|
|Quit Claim Deed – Power Transmission|
|Subordination of Rights Agreement - Street Acceptance|
|Subordination of Rights Agreement - Dominion Virginia Power|
|Transit Shelter Installation Guidelines|
|Checklist for Fiber Optic Resource Sharing Projects (FORS)|
|Guidance on the Installation of Watch for Children signs|
|Mailbox Installation Guidelines|
|District Permit Offices & Counties|
|Land Use Permit & Geographic Information Systems Integration|
|Delegation of Authority for Administration of Land Use Permit Regulations|
If you would like additional information regarding the Land Use Permit Regulations and related processes and forms, please contact the local VDOT district permit office in the locality where the activity is to be performed or the VDOT Central Office Land Use Permit section in Richmond at (804) 786-0622 or (804) 786-0759.