The Right-of-Way (ROW) Department falls under the authority and jurisdiction of the Divison of Public Works.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.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.In general, all departmental expenses are off-set by permit revenues
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Telephone Inquiries: 

General right-of-way or permit inquiries: (260) 427-6155

Questions regarding a violation letter: (260) 427-2721


Citizens Square
200 E. Berry St, Suite 210
Fort Wayne IN 46802

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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 Construction Standards and Specifications through our permit process, inspections and enforcement efforts.Investigate and approve Encroachment Agreements.Respond to a variety of neighborhood concerns that in some fashion relates to the public rights-of-way.Respond to and resolve all citizens' complaints falling within our jurisdiction through appropriate enforcement of City ordinancesReview & analyze infrastructure placement requests in order to optimize facilities placement while minimizing infrastructure conflicts within the rights-of-way

Right-of-Way Improvement Packages
ADA Ramp Package

Project consists of the construction of ADA curb ramps including some curb and sidewalks adjacent to new ramps as well as new tactile warning devices.  The location is within several neighborhoods throughout all 6 districts wthin the city

Guardrail and Attenuator Repair Package
Concrete Leveling

This involves the pumping and levelling of sunken or depressed concrete slabs that are not cracked or broken. This could be either sidewalk slabs or concrete pavement slabs. The repair would involve drilling a hole in the slab and pumping a slurry or polyurethane foam to level the sunken slab with the adjacent ones. Concrete slabs can typically sink or be depressed when they are placed on bad subgrade or have washouts underneath the slab due to utility leaks or voids. This is a cheaper alternative to addressing sunken or depressed slabs than replacing the entire slab. The City will be using this option wherever appropriate to affect concrete street, sidewalk, or curb repairs.

Sidewalk Trip Hazard Package
This involves the saw cutting of heaved sidewalk concrete slabs that are in good condition provided they have not heaved more than 1½ inches. The heaved portion can be horizontally sawed off so that the trip hazard is eliminated. This is a cheaper alternative than replacing the entire slab of sidewalk concrete. City uses this option to affect quick and cost effective repairs to heaved sidewalk areas.