The Right-of-Way (ROW) Department falls under the authority and jurisdiction of the Divison of Public Works.

The City of Fort Wayne Right-of-Way Department is committed to providing efficient, superior service, at the lowest possible cost to our fellow neighbors.

The department is comprised of the permit office which is responsible for the processing and issuance of over 3,000 permit applications annually, as well as the ROW Enforcement Inspectors who address neighborhood right-of-way concerns to ensure the safety of pedestrians and motorists alike.

The office issues permits for construction activity (such as new and/or reconstruction of sidewalks, drive approaches and parking lots) that will occur in the right-of-way as well as providing approval for block parties, parades and events that will take place on City property.

In general, all departmental expenses are off-set by permit revenues.

Applicants seeking to obtain approval for construction upon or usage of the City of Fort Wayne right-of-way may click the links below or contact the office directly at  260-427-6155.  


  • Insure all excavations in the rights-of-way are properly restored in order to minimize damage to public property.

  • Insure all non-City funded construction occurring in the rights-of-way adheres to City engineering standards and specifications through our permit process, inspections and enforcement efforts.

  • Review & analyze infrastructure placement requests in order to optimize facilities placement while minimizing infrastructure conflicts within the rights-of-way.

  • Investigate and approve Encroachment Agreements.  

  • Respond to and resolve all citizens' complaints falling within our jurisdiction through appropriate enforcement of City ordinances.

  • Respond to a variety of neighborhood concerns that in some fashion relates to the public rights-of-way.

  • Review & analyze all Cell & Utility Tower requests and placement.

Permits Click here for details, downloadable permit forms and information on permits through the ROW Department

General right-of-way or permit inquiries can be directed to our office by calling:  260-427-6155               

Questions regarding a violation letter? Contact us at:  260-427-2721



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Right of Way Department
Citizens Square
200 East Berry Street, Suite 210
Fort Wayne, IN 46802







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