Permitting Process

The Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) requires permits for all work within its right-of-way. This page will provide you step-by-step information on how to obtain a permit to work within MCDOT right-of-way.

Permit Reasons
Common reasons to obtain a permit include:

MCDOT accepts the following for payment of fees:

  • Major Credit Cards
  • Checks
  • Money Orders
  • Cash
All payments (Including Cash) must be in the EXACT amount.
  1. Step 1
  2. Step 2
  3. Step 3
  4. Step 4
  5. Step 5

Step 1. Plan Review & Approval

MCDOT must review and approve all plans prior to issuing a permit for work within County right-of-way. This will help ensure that new improvements will be built to County Standards and observe safety guidelines. Please follow the steps below to submit your plans for review and approval.

  • Fill out the Permit Application (PDF). The permit application serves as the legal contract between you and MCDOT and designates whether the permit is for residential or non-residential work.
  • Determine Applicable Category of Traffic Impact Study Required.  See MCDOT’s Traffic Impact Study Manual for guidance.  *Please note – Most improvements require an approved Traffic Impact Study prior to first review of improvement plans.
  • For new roadway (PDF), utility (PDF) or landscaping (PDF) improvements, fill out the pre-submittal checklist. The pre-submittal checklist provides a checklist of elements that are required on the sealed plans.
  • Submit these forms to MCDOT either online at or in person at 2901 West Durango Street, Phoenix for review. If submitting in person, 3 copies are required. MCDOT's business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • MCDOT will review your documents and provide you with comments or requested changes to your plans. All submittals are reviewed in the order they are received. Target plan review turnaround times are 20 business days. Projects that overlap MCDOT Transportation Improvement Projects (TIP) may require additional time for detailed coordination. See Step 3 for review fees.
  • Please make changes to your sealed plans and resubmit all documents to MCDOT for review. Follow steps 1 - 7 until sealed plans are approved.

MCDOT will review your plans, details or location sheets and provide you with any requested changes.

Additional Permit Documents