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  • Right-of-Way Frequently Requested Information


    What is Right-of-Way?

    • Right-of-Way is an interest in property either owned in fee or as an easement transferred through grant, prescription, dedication or the right of Eminent Domain.
    • The County uses road Right-of-Way to construct, operate and maintain public infrastructure, including but not limited to the roadway surface, support shoulder, cut and fill slopes, ditches, traffic signs and signals and drainage facilities.
    • Public use of Right-of-Way includes direct and indirect benefits, such as providing mobility and containing utility systems.


    Researching County Right-of-Way Width

    In most cases Right-of-Way width is much greater than the surface of the roadway. Right-of-Way does not end at the edge of pavement or back of curb. The County does not have Right-of-Way maps, but by following these steps you should be able to locate the various documents necesary to locate Right-of-Way:

    Locating County Right-of-Way on the Ground

    • Hiring a professional land surveyor to locate or set property pins is the most accurate way to locate Right-of-Way.
    • If you have a survey of your property, it should show existing property pins and the property, or Right-of-Way, line.
    • In addition to acquiring the proper permits, always verify the property, or Right-of-Way, line location before installing a fence or landscaping to ensure that it will be on your property. In special circumstances, the County may issue a license agreementDownload Adobe Reader from Downloads Page for private improvements, such as HOA signage, in County Right-of-Way.


    Vacating County Rights-of-Way

    Please contact Planning and Zoning (P&Z) for more information. The vacation application form is available on the P&Z webpage.

    Purchasing Right-of-Way from a Citizen

    See the Colorado Department of Transportation Right-of-Way Information Handbook  Download Adobe Reader from Downloads Page


    Signs are not allowed in County Right-of-Way per Zoning Resolution Section 10.B.1.b.

    What gives a public agency the right to dig in my front yard?

    Find the answer in the right-of-way regulations brochureDownload Adobe Reader from Downloads Page from the Institute of Traffic Engineers.

    Right-of-Way acquisition cost reimbursement, development of land along streets widened since 1988

    Right-of-Way for Jefferson County street-widening projects that was purchased from previous or current landowners on or after June 7, 1988, is subject to Section 33.A.7 of the Land Development Regulation.

    This regulation requires the current landowner to reimburse the county for the Right-of-Way acquisition purchase when the parcel from which the Right-of-Way originated goes through the county platting, SDP or exemption from platting process. The reimbursement is required even if the Right-of-Way was purchased from a previous owner.