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Apply for a Utility Cut Permit

The Bureau of Highways handles the permit process for utility companies and their contractors to undertake certain repairs or construction within the County right-of-way.

A utility cut permit is required anytime you occupy, use or engage in any activity in a public right-of-way including:

  • Excavation in paved or unpaved areas
  • Installation of above or below ground facilities
  • Antenna attachment on utility poles
  • Activity that obstructs or impedes traffic

A permit is not required if maintenance activity:

  • Makes no material change to the footprint of an existing facility or structure
  • Makes no material change to the surface or subsurface of a right-of-way
  • Does not disrupt or impede traffic

Note: Private utilities require the grant of a license agreement prior to occupancy in County rights-of-way. Installation of fiber optic cable over 500 feet requires a franchise agreement in addition to the utility cut permit.

Permit Process

Permit Fees

The following is a list of the fees that are charged when a utility cut permit is issued. These fees are required to be paid with delivery of the final revised drawings with a Professional Engineer (PE) stamp.

  • Under 500 feet—$125
  • Over 500 feet—25 cents per foot

Antenna Attachment Fees

  • Existing Pole—$100 per attachment
  • New Pole Attachment—$200 per attachment
  • Streetlight Attachment—$100 per attachment
  • Test Pit or Soil Boring—$60 per pit, per boring

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Bureau of Highways

111 West Chesapeake Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204


Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.




Randall Shiflett


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