Requirements for Securing a Permit to work in the Public Rights-of-Way/Public Utility Easements
The City of Peoria Development and Engineering Department is responsible for maintaining construction activity within the public right-of-way (ROW). This primarily includes regulating the activities of non-City owned utility companies and wireless carriers that install, operate and maintain infrastructure within and adjacent to the City’s roadway and Public Utility Easements.
Through permitting and coordination, the Site Development and Inspection Divisions ensure that construction activities for non-city owned utility companies and wireless carriers are coordinated and impacts are mitigated to reduce public inconvenience, verify proper street repair and ensures all regulations are enforced appropriately. The City will grant permissions for placement of new utilities and for all construction and maintenance work in the public rights-of-way and easements, while at the same time protecting the integrity of our public rights-of-way and easements, and make optimal utilization of space available for all non-city owned utilities and wireless carriers.
General Permit Information
Dry Utility and Small Wireless Facility ROW Permits issued by the Development & Engineering Department are required in order for work to take place within the ROW. This permit allows the utility and/or wireless company, or a contractor to conduct work within the ROW and is required prior to submitting the Traffic Control Plan.
If needed, a trenching permit shall be obtained by the customer prior to the issuance of a Dry Utility and Small Wireless Facility ROW Permit. No work shall begin within City ROW until the right-of-way and traffic control permits for the site has been issued.
Types of activities included under a Dry Utility and Wireless Utility ROW Permit are (but not limited to):
- Annual Emergency/Maintenance
- Asphalt and Concrete Patching or Repair
- Bore Pits
- Boring (Horizontal Directional Drilling)
- Landscape, Irrigation System Restoration
- Overhead Utility
- Potholing (Test Holes) - Street, Concrete, Landscape
- Striping and Signage Repair or Restoration
- Underground Utility Installation and Proofing
- Vaults, pedestals, pull boxes, cabinets
- Installation of Small Wireless Facilities
As a reminder, the City of Peoria requires a utility permit for all incidental work within the right-of-way related to established sites. Applicants shall obtain a single annual emergency/maintenance permit for all locations or individual emergency and maintenance permits issued for specific locations. Please contact the Engineering Permit Counter at 623-773-7600 for details on which permit would be most appropriate for you.
Prior to Applying
Prior to applying for a permit, any person planning to excavate in the City's ROW shall coordinate with the City to ensure future construction will not be in conflict with City projects and will minimally impact mobility and public safety. The following list of resources can be utilized for more information:
- For information on Developer Driven Projects, contact the Site Development Division at (623) 773-7600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Building Peoria: Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Projects
- Development and Engineering Homepage
- For information on Public Works projects, contact the Peoria Streets Division at (623) 773-7432
- There are Moratoriums (temporary restrictions on road construction and ROW projects) during Spring Training and specific Holidays. Please contact the Engineering Counter at 623-773-7600 for the current year's list of "blackout dates."
Submitting Your Application
All applications can be submitted online through the City of Peoria Development Services Portal. You will be required to upload your submittal documents at time of application. If documents are not attached, the application will be considered incomplete and will not be processed. Please become familiar with the On-line Portal application information and process to avoid denial of the permit application.
- Confirmation that the Company has a Franchise or License Agreement with the City of Peoria
- Construction drawings per Chapter 12 of the Peoria Engineering Standards Manual (PESM) (PDF)
- Submittal Complete Affidavit
- For small wireless facility submittals, also include the RF Safety Compliance letter
Please note: If your Dry Utility or Wireless Utility ROW permit is related to a City Capital Improvement Program (CIP) project please check the appropriate CIP box on the application.
Who is Completing the Work?
Permits for Dry Utilities or Small Wireless Facilities will only be issued to contractors that have a valid business license with the City of Peoria and have posted all necessary bonds and insurance. If you have questions about the permit type that you will need to obtain, please feel free to contact the Engineering permit counter for more information at 623-773-7600 or EngineeringCounter@peoriaaz.gov.
The contractor that is considered the general contractor should be applying for and managing the permit. The sub-contractor performing the work should be listed as the contractor on the permit application.
The utility company/wireless carrier is to inspect its work with the City providing periodic oversight. Requests for City inspections must be coordinated with the Inspector assigned to the project. Excavations may not be backfilled without satisfactory City inspection.
Closing the Permit
The permit will be closed once the inspector has determined that the project has been approved and has a final inspection.
Telecommunications, Cable and Video Licenses, and Franchise Agreements
The City of Peoria negotiates and administers Telecommunications, Cable and Video, and Franchise agreements to ensure the City complies with federal, state and city laws and receives fair compensation for use of public rights-of-way and easements. The Development and Engineering Department provides services for processing and enforcing these licenses and agreements and investigates claims for damages to City property.
All telecommunications providers who desire to construct, install, operate or maintain telecommunications facilities in the public rights-of-way or public utility easements must first obtain a Telecommunications License from the City.
Cable television and telecommunications providers who provide cable television services, programs or signals must obtain a Uniform Video Service License from the City.
Uniform Video License
The City of Peoria is accepting applications and affidavit for Uniform Video License in the City's ROW. The Application and Affidavit must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office and reviewed for completeness by the Development and Engineering Department. Within 30 days of submitting a complete application and Affidavit, the City will issue a Uniform License Agreement.
Small Cell (Wireless) Facilities in Right-of-Way
All Wireless Providers or Wireless Infrastructure providers who desire to construct, install, maintain or operate Small Wireless Facilities within the public ROW must first obtain a Notice of Antenna Site Standard Terms and Conditions from the City. The purpose of this section is to provide guidance on the permitting, placement, construction, installation and maintenance of a Small Wireless Facility within the ROW.
The City's Development and Engineering Department will assist an applicant with the process that must be satisfied in the administration of wireless communication permits for wireless facilities in the public ROW and one City property. Please contact the Engineering Permit counter at 623-773-7600 for details.
All Small Wireless Facilities on private property must be submitted through the City of Peoria Development Services portal. Physical submittals will not be permitted. Pre-application submittals are voluntary and do not initiate applicable shot-clocks.
The following information is supplemental to the Standard Terms and Conditions document.
- Small Cell Supplemental Information packet (PDF)
- Small Wireless Facility Policy memo (PDF)
- Small Wireless Facility Process Guide (PDF)
- Small Cell Wireless Site FAQs
- Process Flow Chart
- Wireless Agreement Application
- Wireless License Agreement
- Wireless Facilities Standards Terms and Conditions
- Technical Design Standards
State and federal law governing municipal oversight of small wireless facilities:
- Arizona Legislature: House Bill 2365
- Arizona SB1140 Video and Cable Service Providers
- ARS 9-461.17 Telecommunications utility relocation; cost reimbursement
- FCC Rule 18-133A1 (PDF)