Public Works Permits

Rights-of-Way Construction Permit & Process


All non-City utility contractors and private contractors working within public rights-of-way or easements are required to obtain a rights-of-way permit.

In order for the City to know which persons own Facilities and Structures in the City's Public rights-of-way, each person shall register with the City via the ROW Annual Registration Form, sending it to the Public Works email.

Permit Process
  1. The utility provider or paving contractor completes the Rights-of-Way Application and attaches one set of plans that define their work and identifies City utilities in the work area. Plan sheets should include dimensionings, depth, length, and type of excavation/installation method, notarized indemnity agreement, copy of certificate of liability, traffic plans, project and any other information that may be requested.
  2. The Public Works Department (and other City departments when applicable) will review the construction plans and application.
  3. A Public Works Construction Inspector will be assigned to inspect the work.
  4. The rights-of-way permit will be released for construction when the City completes the plan review.
  5. The utility provider/contractor will be notified that the permit has been released for construction. The contractor must have the permit on the construction site at all times.
  6. The utility provider/contractor must contact the Public Works Department to obtain City utility locations prior to beginning their permitted work.

Fill Permit


All work within the 100-year flood plain requires City review and may require a fill permit and approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other regulating agencies.

Prior to requesting a fill permit application, an applicant should schedule a pre-application conference with the Floodplain Administrator in the Public Works Department. The City’s Floodplain Administrator will review the scope of work and what studies, if any, may be required for evaluating the project impact on the floodplain.

Curb Painting Permit


​What You Need to Know


  • Permitting is required for painting of addresses on street curbing within all public street rights-of-way per City Ordinance No.2472
  • Individuals or companies who want to provide their services must register with the Public Works Department and obtain a Curb Painting Permit
  • The Public Works Department will provide applicants with guidelines needed to perform their work. 
  • There is a $50.00 permit fee for curb painting. 
  • A Solicitation License must be obtained with the Farmers Branch Police Department prior to issuance of the Public Works Department Curb Painting Permit.
  • Must be Red background with White numbers.
  • Beware of scammers! Don't leave monies out for services that haven't been rendered or prior to proof of registration being provided.
Current Registered Applicants: NONE ISSUED FOR 2020

​Water Tower Access Permit



Cellular contractors are required to obtain a Cellular Tower Access Permit through the Public Works department any time entering and/or going aloft the City's Water Tower sites/property.

Please contact the Pump Station Supervisor for more detail and/or arrangements at 972.919.8785.

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