Right of Way Use
What is Right of Way?
Right-of-way can be described as the land on which infrastructure is built. Infrastructure could be anything from a highway to an airport. Projects such as pipelines, power lines, or telephone facilities all require right of way.
There are a number of related industries and professionals whose responsibilities overlap right of way. Some of these areas include:
- Environmental consultants
- Soil and water conservation
- Title abstracting
Right of Way Use Ordinance
The City of Bainbridge Island adopted a Right-of-Way Use Ordinance (Ordinance No. 2014-24) in August of 2014 that provides for the issuance of right-of-way use permits in order to regulate activities within the city's rights-of-way and in the interest of public health, safety and welfare. Additionally, the ordinance provides for warranties and procedures required to administer the right-of-way use permit process per BIMC Chapter 15.12.
Right of Way Use Permits
The following types of right-of-way use permits are established with the fees noted:
|Type A - Short Term Use||Temporary street and / or sidewalk closures or blockage ( Moving trucks/ vans, dumpsters, scaffolds, lifting equipment, house/modular/mobile moving, oversize loads, special events.||30 Days||$150|
|Type B1- Disturbance of the Right-of-Way||Disturbance of the surface or the subsurface of the right-of-way on a temporary or permanent basis (boring, jacking, cutting, or pushing; culverts, curb cuts, handicap ramps, driveway approaches, curbs, gutters, and sidewalks, drainage, painting, paving, trenching, utility installation, road approaches, new streets/unopened rights-of-way)||30 Days||$250|
|Type B2 - Annual Bulk Purchase Right-of-Way Permit||Available to utility companies; ||1 Year||$500|
| Each B1 Permit issued under Bulk Purchase||Disturbance of the surface or the subsurface of the right of way on a temporary or permanent basis (Reference Type B1 above )||30 Days||$50|
|Type C - Long Term Use||Long-term right-of-way use for activities that will not further physically disturb the right of way once in place||5 Years||$250|
|Type D - Franchised Utility||Franchised utilities only; performing routine maintenance on existing overhead lines and entry into existing underground facilities. Does not authorize disturbance of the surface or subsurface.||1 Year||$1000|