The City of Fort Wayne cost sharing program for sidewalk repair is a great option for residents seeking to partner with the city in having improvements made in their neighborhood. Under this program, the City and the petitioning resident (or residents) will pay 50 percent of the cost of the repairs. Here's how it works:
STEP 1 -- Decide if you want to fix an individual sidewalk or an entire block.
STEP 3 -- Submit the petition to the Board of Public Works Office for further processing. The office is located in Citizens Square, 200 E. Berry St., Suite 210.
After your petition has been submitted, the City's Division of Public Works will provide a cost estimate of the sidewalk repairs. If you wish to proceed, the project will be scheduled for repair and the City will pay for 50 percent of the cost of the repair work and you will pay 50 percent for the cost of the work. Sidewalk repair costs are calculated per sidewalk slab or square (usually 5' x 5'). Please contact the office for further details regarding current concrete repair cost quotes.
Payments can be made in full one time or homeowners can take advantage of our low-interest loans (3%). Payments can be made over the course of 10 years on an annual or monthly bases. Below are examples of what payments might be, if financed through this program:
If it’s an individual petition, it must be signed by only the owner(s) of the property, as listed on the title. If it’s a block-long petition, 51 percent of the affected homeowners must sign the petition.
If signed up to make payments monthly for 10 years, can I change my payments to annually?
No, once a waiver is signed, notarized and returned, the payment schedule must stay the same for the remainder of the loan. If property owners want to pay off the loan early, they may do so, but will have to pay 20 percent of the interest.
STEP 2 -- Submit the petition to the Board of Public Works Office for further processing. The office is located in Citizens Square, 200 E. Berry St., Suite 210.
Payments can be made in full one time or homeowners can take advantage of our low-interest loans (3%). Payments can be made over the course of 10 years on an annual or monthly basis. Below are examples of what payments might be, if financed through this program:
For more information on the Cost Sharing Program, call 311.
The 50/50 Cost Share Program for Additional Standard Residential Street Lights
Note: Pole Line Permits will be required for the following conditions
New utility poles - including private or small cell tower within public right of way
One type of permit issued by the Right-Of-Way Department is called a Right-Of-Way Cut permit. This permit allows for the excavation of rights-of-way —streets, alleys, sidewalks and parkstrips — for infrastructure installation or for maintenance of existing infrastructure, both public and private. This permit process is used to avoid potential facility location conflicts, to insure that proper restoration of the cut is completed, and to protect the public from undue hazards arising as a result of excavations.
Upon issuance of a permit, an inspector will visit the site where the excavation is occurring in order to insure that City engineering and safety standards and specifications are being followed by the applicant during the course of the work. After the work is completed and the rights of way restored to an original condition or better, the inspector will re-visit the site to determine the acceptability of the cut restoration.
In 1998, the State of Indiana changed the law pertaining to utility use of the public rights of way and made it clear that cities could recover the direct costs inherent in managing this public resource. As a result, we have re-examined our costs and procedures that pertain to utility occupation of our rights of way in order to insure that our costs of running this department are fully recovered through permit fees, as authorized by Indiana Code.
More specific information on Cut Permits can be found on the Chapter 99 page.
Excavation (non-roadway) $80
Excavation (roadway) $175
Driveway Access Permits:
An access permit is required to construct, remodel, alter or relocate an entrance approach or driveway to any public street or roadway. These permits are important due to the fact that any street must address the conflicting functions of providing land access and efficient traffic movement. Excessive roadside development and uncontrolled driveway connections preclude the orderly and safe movement of traffic and result in poor levels of service, increased hazards and premature obsolescence of the roadway.
Application for an access permit is made to the Right of Way Department. After collecting the necessary information asked on the application along with a plan detailing the geometrics and construction specifications, the permit is routed through the City Engineering and Planning Departments. These departments review the permit based on their areas of expertise, providing feedback, comments and requirements necessary for approval. Once the routing process has been completed, the applicant is contacted and informed of the status of the application.
After a permit is approved, a Right of Way Inspector performs a pre-pour inspection, to ensure adequate form, grade and specifications, according to the approved plan and permit.
NOTE: Per Access Standards Manual, only one Residential Driveway is permitted per lot along a street frontage. Corner Lots or Lots with 100' of Frontage or more may be considered for dual "horseshoe" driveways. Dual entrance driveways must be connected.
For more specific application information, click here.
A Parking Lot Permit is required in order to construct, expand or substantially alter a parking lot, to insure compliance with the City of Fort Wayne Zoning Ordinance. The application is completed and submitted to the Right of Way Department along with a plan detailing the request.
The Plan must address construction materials and specifications, drainage information and screening/landscaping information. After collecting the necessary information, the application is routed through the City Engineering and Planning Departments. These departments review the permit based on their areas of expertise, providing feedback, comments and requirements necessary for approval. Once the routing process has been completed, the applicant is contacted and informed of the status of the application.
In order to construct or reconstruct a public sidewalk, a Sidewalk Permit is required, obtainable from the Right of Way Department. These permits insure that sidewalks are placed at the proper grade and line and that new construction adheres to accessibility requirements.
Routing of the application typically is not necessary so approvals can usually be obtained fairly quickly.
The permit fee to reconstruct existing sidewalk is $15.00. The permit fee is $30.00 for the installation of new sidewalk where none previously existed.
These permits are used to insure that proper notice is sent to the public and that proper and safe signing occurs whenever an obstruction is present within the traveled way. The primary focus is on public safety. Permit pricing depends on the classification of the streets being blocked and the length of time obstruction will be present. These permits are also reviewed by the Traffic Engineering Department and the Police Department.
Permits may also be obtained through the Right of Way office for the renting of parking meters.
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.
Click the link below to access the online permit portal: Citizen Access Portal To contact the office directly please call: 260-427-6155
Ensure all excavations in the rights-of-way are properly restored in order to minimize damage to public property.
Ensure all non-City funded construction occurring in the rights-of-way adheres to City Design Standards 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.