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 MCDOT Letter of Transmittal (PDF). The Letter of Transmittal communicates with MCDOT your contact information, the project location, what type of work or activity you are planning and a checklist indicating what supporting documentation you will be submitting to receive your permit.
  • 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.
  • Provide three copies of engineer stamped and sealed plans. For common improvements such as driveways, a pre-approved typical detail may be used.
  • Submit these forms to MCDOT either online at or in person at 2901 West Durango Street, Phoenix for review. 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. The current plan review fee is $100 per sheet.
  • 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. See a sample permit application (PDF).

Additional Permit Documents