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. 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