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Access Management & Right of Way Permits

Access Management protects the safety, capacity and traffic flow on the highway system while providing access to adjacent property as appropriate and necessary. Roads with good access controls enable motorists to experience fewer accidents, less congestion and improved travel time.

Of course, there are not only safety issues but also legal ones, and all too often property owners are not aware of  the limitations to driveway installation and the construction of other structures along the state’s right of way. A property owner who wants a new access, to modify an existing access or to change the use of his/her property along a state or federal route must obtain a permit to do so. The guidelines for this are outlined in ODOT’s Access Management Manual, which is upheld by the Ohio Revised Code. 

Right of Way permits are issued for any work performed on the state's right of way, as required by Chapter 5515 of the Ohio Revised Code. They are issued for all approved work performed on or occupancy of all state highway right of way and generally apply only to state highways outside municipal corporations.   

For more information and assistance to obtain a ROW use permit, contact:
Brandon Garrison  



 General Application Information