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Dry Utility

Before You Apply

Prior to applying for a permit, any person planning to excavate in the City's right-of-way shall review the City's Construction Projects and Street Cut Moratorium maps listed below. If proposed construction falls within these designated areas, the applicant shall coordinate with the City Project Engineer, to minimize damage and avoid undue disruption and interference with the public use of such right-of-way.

City Construction Projects

City Street Cut Moratorium

About This Permit Type

Dry Utility permits are for work that includes new or replacement of gas, phone, conduit, fiber, cable or electrical services that are being installed in the public Right of Way. This work may include but is not limited to:

  • Boring
  • Bore Pits
  • Overhead Utility-Private
  • Underground Utility- Private (Gas lines and mains, conduit, etc.)
  • Potholing (Test Holes) -Street, Concrete, Landscape
  • Vaults
  • Asphalt and concrete patching or repair

Permits for Dry Utility will only be issued to contractors that have a valid license with the City of Arvada, these types are listed below. If you have questions about the permit type that you will need to obtain, please feel free to contact us for more information.

Submitting Your Application

All applications are completed online through our permitting system,  You will be required to upload your submittal documents at time of application. If documents are not attached, the application will be considered incomplete and will not be processed. We don't want to deny applications, so make sure to read below for application information.

Review Timelines

Applications for Right of Way construction require a minimum of 2 business days for processing. Permits that are complex may require up to 5-7 business days for processing. 

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Who is Completing the Work?

Permits can be applied for jointly by the contractors completing the work. The contractor that is considered the general contractor should be applying for and managing the permit. Contractors with the following license types will be allowed to apply for a Dry Utility permit:

  • MC-A General Utility Contractor

  • MC-S3 Tunneling and Boring Contractor

  • MC-S12 Miscellaneous Contractor

Additional contractors that are doing work such as patching or concrete will be required to submit an Additional Contractor Sign on Form to the permit application. There will be one permit issued per project.

Required Documents

Documents must be attached to the permit application. If the required documents are not attached to the application it will be incomplete and will not be accepted.

1. Project Site Plan

Include the following items on an aerial image of the proposed job site.

Plan must include:

  • Quantity worksheet attached to site plan,
  • Show/label property and right of way lines,
  • Proposed utility layout,
  • Show the existing public infrastructure (street pavement, curb and gutter, sidewalk, utilities, landscaping, etc...) impacted by the construction, excavation, or work,
  • Erosion control measures,
  • Location of proposed potholes, location and dimensions of excavation/street cuts, and boring limits

Maps or City of Arvada owned facilities can be requested at any time please send an email to, please include an aerial image of the area requested.

2. Traffic Control Plan - Choose one of 2 options

For both options the plan must show the specific location including an address or intersection where the work will be completed.

Option 1  - Drawing only (Traffic control implemented by the applicant)

The traffic control plan is created by either a traffic control company which must meet the City of Arvada current standards or a current City of Arvada traffic control drawing as designed in the Engineering Code of Standards and Specifications.

Option 2  - Set up of traffic control (Traffic control drawn up and implemented by a City of Arvada Licensed Traffic Control Contractor)

Applicant must complete the Additional Contractor Sign on Form to identify the contractor that is responsible for the implementation of the Traffic Control Plan and set up.

3. Quantity Worksheet

Complete this worksheet to indicate the total quantities of the project. This is a required document with your application

4. Other Jurisdiction Permits

If the project is being completed in CDOT right of way or a neighboring jurisdiction, you must include proof of permit.

5. Utility Locate Confirmation

The Colorado 811 locate confirmation number must be entered on all applications.

6. Additional Contractor Sign on Form

The additional contractor sign on form is to be submitted by all additional contractors that are associated to the permit. The issuance of multiple permits is not required for Dry Utility permits. If at any time while the permit is still open a new contractor is going to be working on the same job, you must notify the Engineering Counter and submit this form or they will be subject to the working without a permit surcharge.


Permit fees vary for the type of work being completed. Fees will be applied to the permit once the permit has been reviewed, please reference the adopted fee schedule for a complete list of right of way permitting fees.

Sales and Use Tax:

All Sales and Use Tax will be paid at permit issuance. Please provide the complete job value at the time of application. Once the permit is issued, please use the permit when purchasing goods and materials for your project. If you are an Arvada Business License holder you can submit your Business license number for quarterly reporting. If the project is tax exempt, you will need to include your project specific tax exempt form.

Permit Issuance

Once the permit has been reviewed and approved, an approved email confirmation will be sent directly to the applicant. Payments can be made by credit card through If you wish to use another form of payment, please go to City Hall to pay and pick up the permit. All approved attachments must be printed and available on the job site.


Inspections are required to be scheduled using Inspections will not be completed if there is not a scheduled inspection. Instructions for scheduling inspections can be found at All inspections are completed Monday through Friday between 8am and 4pm. Special off hour inspections must be approved and scheduled through the office.

Required Inspections for Dry Utility:

  • Initial Dry Utility
  • Final Dry Utility

Closing the Permit

The permit will be closed once the inspector has determined that the project has been approved and has finaled the inspection. Please review for updates. Permits with asphalt or concrete patching will be subjected to a two year review. If repairs are required the contractor will be required to complete the repair within 14 days of notice.


A final warranty inspection will be completed for asphalt and concrete restoration if applicable within 1 year and 10 months of closing the permit. The general contractor will be notified by the City of Arvada Engineering Division if repairs must be made prior to final acceptance of work.


Contact Information

  •  Main Telephone Number:
  •  Street Address:
    8101 Ralston Road, Arvada, CO 80002