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:
Roads within the scope of the work
Traffic control plan
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.
Jesus J. Valdez P.E.
County Engineer / Public Works Director
Santa Cruz County Complex
2150 N. Congress Drive
Nogales, AZ 85621