Utility Permits

Utility - Includes permits for public and private utilities for the following:

  • Utility Permit Application Form
  • Utility Permit
  • Utility Annual Letter of Credit
  • Utility Annual Bond
  • Insurance Requirement
  • Emergency
  • Minor Maintenance
  • Major Maintenance (includes new single residential service installations)
  • Modification or New Construction

Utility Fees

  • Emergency - No fee
  • Minor Maintenance - No fee
  • Major Maintenance (includes new residential single service installations)* - $150
  • Modification or New Construction (public or franchise)* - $950
  • Modification or New Construction (non-public)* - $950 per highway plus usage fees

All fees, including usage fees, for non-public utility work will be applied under this item. Emergency and Minor Maintenance work on an existing non-public utility system will not require an application or any usage fees.

Application and usage fees for Major Maintenance and New or Modification (non-public) work will be assessed at the amounts stated above. The application and usage fees will be for each County highway impacted for each occurrence.

All utility permits associated with a County construction project or utilizing County funds will be exempt from all fees.


Renewal or Extension of Any Permit Type ............................................$100

Multiple Permits Highest Permit Fee Plus..............................................$300

Review Cost - Permit types marked with an (*) asterisk may require additional pass-through consultant review and observation costs. Permit fees that include a base fee plus other costs must be discussed with the Permit Staff to determine the total fee.

Usage Fees -The fee established at the time of permit issuance by the County Board and/or the County Engineer for the use of County right-of-way for placing utility facilities. This fee applies only to the placement of non-public utilities.

Fees for Local Government Agencies – A permit is required for all work within the County right-of-way, including work performed or sponsored by a local government agency. Application fees will be waived for a permit for a local government agency when the work is to repair or update existing utilities or facilities or when the work is done under a local government agency contract. Application fees will be charged when the work is for the promotion of future development and for which the work is being performed by the developer and not under a local government agency contract. The waiver of the Application Fee will be at the discretion of the County Engineer.

Fines - In addition to the permit application fee, a fine will be assessed when work, event or activity within the County right-of-way requiring a permit has commenced without a permit. The amount of the fine will be equal to the amount of the applicable permit fee.  A fine will also be assessed according to the appropriate section (currently 108.09) of the IDOT Standard Specifications for Road and Bridge Construction for failure to complete work on time when working days utilized.  Failure to pay a fine will bring about legal action and/or a draw against the associated letter of credit.

Applicants should use caution in interpreting the information herein above. The Applicant shall not assume that a permit is not required if there is no fee or if the fee is waived by the County Engineer. Any questions should be addressed to the Permit Section Staff.