What is a Right-of-Way?
A Right-of-Way is a strip of land dedicated to the use of the public by virtue of legal documentation or long use. Types of Right-of-Ways include but are not limited to: roads, streets, alleys, utility easements, trails, etc.
What is an Excavation and why do they happen?
An excavation is where a person or company cuts or digs a hole of any type in the ground, or in any way disturbs the existing earth or infrastructure contained within a public right-of-way of the City of Richmond, Indiana. Right-of-Way Excavations are necessary to install or repair many of the utilities that go to our homes and businesses, such as gas, water, or sewer.
Why is a Permit needed?
Per City Code 96.10 a permit is required anytime there is an excavation of any kind. The City passed this code in order to track who, what, when, where, why, and how an excavation is done in a Public Way. By tracking these excavations the City can ensure that the excavations are repaired properly and in a timely fashion. The permitting process also allows for better coordination with utilities so that traffic interruptions are kept to a minimum, so that residents and businesses in the work area are inconvenienced as little as possible.