What is public right-of-way and why do we need it?

The public right-of-way refers to the land area dedicated to public use, typically for pedestrian and vehicular movement. The public right-of-way is controlled and generally maintained by a public agency, such as the City, County, State, or Federal government. Public rights-of-way can include:

  • Alleys
  • Drainage facilities
  • Landscaping
  • Lighting
  • Paths
  • Sidewalks
  • Streets
  • Other utilities and infrastructures

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1. What is public right-of-way and why do we need it?
2. What is the parkway?
3. Who is responsible for maintaining the parkway?
4. What is an easement and why is it necessary?
5. What do I need to do to build a carport in front of my house?
6. Where can I build a fence and what other requirements apply?
7. How close to my property line can I build a shed or other accessory building?
8. Can I run a business out of my home?
9. Where do I find information on setbacks for my property?
10. What if there is no way for me to meet the setback requirements for my property?
11. When do I need to apply for a building permit?
12. When is a plat required?
13. When is a site plan required?
14. What are the rules for holding a garage sale?
15. When is an Itinerant Business Permit required?