What is the Right-of-Way (ROW)?

The right of way (ROW) is the area owned and/or controlled by the City and typically includes the street surface, sidewalks, and grassy areas between pavement and property lines. It is important to note that not all right-of-way falls under City jurisdiction. Certain streets and/or highways in Galveston also fall under Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) or Galveston County jurisdiction. 

Galveston County
Hwy 45Seawall - East of 61st to 6th Street.Seawall - East of Ferry Road
Broadway (Ave J)
Pelican Island
All other streets in Galveston Island 

FM 3005 (San Luis Pass) - West of 61st

Seawall - East of 6th Street to Ferry Road

Hwy 168

When do I need a ROW Permit?

When you are installing or repairing sidewalks, driveways, curbs, gutters and culverts. 

Sec. 32-10. - Construction, repair, maintenance of streets, sidewalks, curbs, gutters, driveways, culverts; generally.

Sec. 32-11. - Duty of property owners to construct, maintain, etc., sidewalks, curbs and driveways and to maintain vegetation abutting easement.


When do I need a Utility Permit?

When you are performing utility work in the City ROW, excavating, trenching, hand digging or bore in the City ROW, conducting well/soil samples, performing tie-ins to city facilities (residential waterline tie-ins should contact the utilities division).

Article VI. - Utility Construction in Public Right-of-Way. 

When do I need a Temporary License to Use (TLTU)?

The City of Galveston may temporarily permit the use of the City Right-of-Way (street, sidewalk, alley, etc..) for different uses such as, but not limited to, placement of a refuse container, construction dumpsters, heavy equipment, portable toilets, etc.. The length of time is based on the type of use requested. 

Sec. 15-109. - Placement of containers in city right-of-way.   

Sec. 32-5. - Placement of items within the city right-of-way. 

Sec. 32-14. - Policy for temporary street closings.

When can I get a Handicap Parking Zone Sign installed in front of my residential property?

When the applicant requesting for the Handicap Parking Zone sign provides, their handicap placard or vehicle registration showing handicap plates for the individual requesting, and a valid TX Driver’s License or ID matching the address to requested location.