Public Right-of-Way

To report a problem in the public road right-of-way, or if you are not sure if you need a permit, call 503-846-ROAD (846-7623), e-mail us, or submit an online service request.

Right-of-way (ROW) is land or an easement over land that is dedicated for public road purposes. Typically the public road right-of-way includes not just the traveled roadway, but also roadside sidewalks, shoulders and ditches.

We manage use of the public right-of-way, making sure the roadways are safe and protecting our investment in the transportation system. We issue ROW permits to folks who want to work in the road right-of-way, and we inspect the work they do to make sure it meets our requirements.

We issue motor carrier trip permits, also known as over-dimension transportation permits, to oversize vehicles and loads traveling on county roads to protect the transportation infrastructure and to ensure traveler safety.


Related: What is public road right-of-way? See Survey FAQs