Public Road Right-of-Way Permits

Below is a selection of materials related to Michigan’s public road rights-of-way rules and regulations. TAM members can contact Jennifer Greenburg, Mike Holmes or Scott Stevenson with questions or requests for additional information.

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city, township and village roads

The METRO Act (PA 48 of 2002) generally governs the permitting process for access to public road rights-of-way in cities, townships and villages.

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county roads

In 2018, changes were made to the law that governs access to public road rights-of-way in jurisdictions controlled by counties and county road commissions. The following resources pertain to the new law.


state roads

State highway right-of-way is managed by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).