Permits are required for all work performed in the public right-of-way.
Each dedicated street in the City of Rochester has a public right-of-way. The right-of-way includes:
Work that requires a permit includes street openings, driveway construction, encroachments, street obstructions, new water services and renewals, water abandonments, and use of hydrants and barricades.
State law requires you to call Dig Safely New York two full working days before you dig - not counting the day of your call, weekends or holidays.
Any excavation near underground utilities can cause injury or property damage. Call 811 and make sure underground infrastructure is marked.
See Municipal Code & Enforcement Activities for related code information.
An individual who applies for a permit is required to provide a description of the proposed work, a work schedule, and a certificate of liability insurance. In addition, scaled drawings or plans of the proposed work, an irrevocable letter of credit and proof of workers' compensation and disability insurance may be required.
Before coming to City Hall, print and fill out the right-of-way permit application.
City of Rochester Permit Office
30 Church St. Room 121-B
Rochester, NY 14614
The office is open Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 4:45 p.m.
For information relating to specific permit fees, please download the Permit Fees for Work in the Public Right-of-Way.
Individuals with questions or concerns about permit requirements or the application process may contact the Department of Environmental Services' Permit Office in person or by phone at (585) 428-6848, Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.