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Q: What is the road right-of-way (ROW) and what are the limits?

A: The road ROW is land that the county roads are located on. The ROW is intended for all road, pedestrian facilities, and public utility purposes. The standard ROW limits are 33 feet from the centerline of the county road or 66 feet total. There are exceptions to this where the ROW may be either narrower or wider; subdivision plats and or easements are a couple reasons why the ROW may differ from the standard. MDOT has their own ROW along all state trunkline routes. MDOT ROW maps are available if more information is required.

Q: Why and when do I need a permit?

A: Public Act 283 of 1909 states a permit from the road commission is required to construct, operate, maintain or remove any facility or perform any other work within the road ROW.

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