Right of Way and Driveway Permits

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The Town of Concord is now using an online system for permitting. This system is automated and paperless, and is currently available for the Engineering Division’s Right of Way and Driveway permits. You can now apply online for permits, view your application status, and print your permit for immediate use.

The first step is for you to create an account in order to use the system, which takes less than 5 minutes to do. First Time registration button

If you already have an account, you can submit new applications or check your permit status here:

Permit Status button

Once you have created an account, log out then log back in and click on the upper left tab “Apply for New Permit” and complete the information.

When your application is submitted, you can click on the "eye"  to work with your permit application. Permit applications are eye-iconaddressed quickly, but please allow at least 48 hours for your application to be reviewed.

chat-iconEngineering staff will use the “chat” feature for any questions or to let you know if additional information or documents need to be uploaded.  You can chat back by clicking on the bubble icon.

After the permit is issued, you can log into your account and print your permit. You do not have to come to the Engineering Office to pick up your permit.

Please call the Engineering Office at 978-318-3210 with any questions. Thank you for your patience and understanding as the Town makes this transition to electronic permitting.

Printable Permit Applications

Any disturbance or work performed within the Town’s Right of Way (ROW) always requires a ROW or Driveway Permit or both.  What is considered the right-of-way? The right-of-way is the strip of land controlled or owned by the Town within which a public road lies. However, this can vary greatly from street to street. Roads, sidewalks, utilities, public shade trees, and grass strips all can lie within the right of way.

Upon receiving an application and application fee, the Engineering Division will perform a pre-construction inspection of the proposed work area.  Even if the work is approved, it may not begin until either the property owner or the contractor performing the work submits proof of liability insurance, a performance bond (which will be returned when all work is completed properly), all applicable fees are paid, and the applicant has received the approved permit.

The typical permit season begins April 1st and ends November 15th.

The Concord road moratorium includes all roads that have received full width pavement treatment (reclaim, mill, overlay, etc). The road moratorium term is five (5) full years beginning the year of construction.  Excavation within streets under moratorium for the purpose of utility services only, will be assessed a Moratorium

 Excavation Fee (MEF).  For example, a road paved in 2015 will not be out of moratorium until April 1, 2021. The permit season runs from April 1st to November 15th each year.  Click here  to view the Street Moratorium map.

How do I obtain a permit?

The first step is to submit a Right-of-Way Permit Application to CPW's Engineering Division. Please how to apply online above.

What are the permit fees?
The costs for a Right-of-way permit application range from $50.00 to $200.00, dependent on the type of work proposed. Additional costs may be incurred if any road opening is proposed and would be dependent on the size of the opening and age of the pavement. Driveway permits range from $50.00-$1200.00 for looped driveways.

What can be done in the right-of way? 

  •  The installation of private or commercial driveways, mailboxes, underground
      utilities, grass strips, and small flower beds
What can't I do in the right-of-way?  (including but not limited to):

  • Plant bushes, shrubs, trees or any other type of landscaping that obstructs passage or sight lines
  • Install fences, stone walls or irrigation systems
  • Discharge untreated pool, sump or any other type of drain water
  • Install cobble or brick driveway aprons