Right-of-Way Encroachment Agreements

Anyone wanting to construct or install items within the public right-of-way (ROW) must obtain approval from CDOT (city-maintained streets) or NCDOT (state-maintained streets). Each request to encroach into the ROW is considered on a case-by-case basis to ensure that there is no adverse impact to public safety or future roadway construction needs. Additionally, all items must be in conformance with the City's Zoning Ordinance, Sign Ordinance and other applicable ordinances.

Should CDOT agree to allow the construction or installation of private facilities within the ROW of a city street, then an Encroachment Agreement is necessary. An Encroachment Agreement is a legal document that defines the responsibilities for installation, liability and maintenance.

The Encroachment Agreement is not a building permit. The holder of an Encroachment Agreement is responsible for securing all necessary construction/building permits.



For additional information about submittal requirements and obtaining Encroachment Agreement forms, please contact:


Jeff Boenisch​  704-336-3888

Charlotte Department o​f Transportation

Development Services Division

Right-of-Way Management Section

600 East Fourth Street

Charlotte, NC  28202