Right-of-Way Permit

Permit overview

Anytime an individual, adjacent property owner, contractor or utility company needs to perform above or underground work within the City-owned right-of-way (ROW), a ROW permit is required for the obstruction to the street, parkway, alley or sidewalk.  A ROW permit gives you legal access to work within a City-owned right-of-way or easement.  A permit ensures the work is done safely and meets codes and regulations.

Application & Plan Submittal Information

The City of Naperville right-of-way (ROW) permit application will apply to any project located in the City right-of-way. The application should be filled out to the best of your ability describing your project with as much detail as possible (when you would like to do the work, potential dates, times, duration, etc). We recommend you use an aerial photo from Google maps or similar as a base for a plan. Please use the map to show the proposed location of the dumpster, sidewalk and street closure information, traffic control details, etc. The more detailed the information the easier it will be for the plan reviewers to complete and approve the review.  Download the ROW permit application.

Once you have prepared your application and plan, please submit the electronic documents to buildingpermits@naperville.il.us.

If upon review the permit application is found to have deficiencies, a Correction Report will be emailed to the applicant. All corrections should be addressed and any new or revised documents must be resubmitted.

If the permit application is approved, an invoice for permit fees will be emailed to the applicant.

Maintenance Bond

Every ROW permit will require a maintenance bond be submitted and can be found here: Maintenance Bond Template.  The template attached can be forwarded to your insurance or surety company for guidance in filling out. A bond will be required in the amount of $5,000 for an project not requiring the cutting or patching of the City street pavement. If the project does necessitate cutting or patching of pavement the bond amount is $50,000.

Review Time

ROW permit applications are reviewed by members of our Engineering Services Team, Water and Electric Utilities, as well as our Department of Public Works. Our plan reviewers require 14 calendar days to complete their reviews, so please keep that in mind when scheduling your work. If special timing circumstances exist please let us know and we can see what can be done about a potential expedited review based on the circumstances and ability.

If any further detail or clarification is needed, a correction report will be emailed and the reviewers will reflect that in their review comments or may

If the permit application is approved, an invoice for permit fees will be emailed to the applicant with instructions on how to pay over the phone.


After the plan has been approved you will be emailed an invoice for payment of the permit fees. There are two types of ROW permits:

ROW 1 - which involves less intensive projects such as work that can be done from the sidewalk or parkway and the fee is $88. 

ROW 2  - are projects where a lane of traffic needs to be closed for a duration of time or the street pavement or sidewalk is to be cut, removed or patched and the fee is $120.

Upon receipt of an invoice, payment may be made by phone using a credit card as indicated on the invoice. Payments will not be accepted in person at the Municipal Center. Payment must be made before the permit will be issued.

Permit Issuance

Upon the approval of your application and the payment of the permit fee you will be sent a confirmation code that the fee has been paid. Please email that confirmation code to the Building Permits front counter staff at buildingpermits@naperville.il.us and your permit will be issued to you electronically via email.