Right of Way

Right of way is land expressly reserved for vehicle / pedestrian traffic and/or utilities. The County Public Works Department is the administrating authority of the right-of-way (ROW) within the unincorporated areas of the county.

Right of Way in Santa Cruz County

The current  ROW Ordinance 2013-04 was adopted by the Board of Supervisors in January 29, 2014. Under the existing ordinance any construction work (e.g., utility construction / relocation / replacement or new driveway construction) or any activity (e.g., organized events, parades, festivals, marathons etc.) in the ROW requires a permit.


Permits can be retrieved at Public Works Office, located at 2150 N Congress Drive.,  in Nogales, AZ. The following requirements must be submitted before a permits is issued:
  • $2,000,000 liability insurance (homeowners except from this requirement for driveway construction)
  • Construction plans which include:
    • Construction details
    • Construction specifications
    • North arrow
    • Quantities
    • Roads within the scope of the work
    • ROW boundaries
  • Traffic control plan

County Standards

  • Maricopa Associations of Governments (MAG) Standards
  • Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) Roadway Design Manual
  • MUTCD Manual & Work Zone Traffic Control
  • ASSHTO Policy on Geometric Design of Highways
Any question regarding ROW or permit procedure please refer to the ordinance or call Public Works at 520-375-7830.