Louisiana State Highway Right-of-Way Overview (3-LA-c)
State Highway Right-of-Way Overview Process
3-LA-c.1 to 3-LA-c.5 — Does the Project Cross a State Highway Right-of-Way?
In Louisiana, a developer must obtain a State Highway Right-of-Way Permit (Permit) from the Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development (LaDOTD) for projects that encroach on a state highway right-of-way. At the outset of a project, the developer should contact the LaDOTD to determine which permits are required. The LaDOTD chief engineer may issue a Permit for the use and occupancy of the rights-of-way of state highways for the installation and maintenance of underground and overhead cables or pipes along or across highways for the purpose of conveying fluids or transporting electric current. La. Stat. Ann. § 48:381(A).
3-LA-c.6 — State Highway Right-of-Way Utility Permit Application
A developer must submit a complete State Highway Right-of-Way Utility Permit Application (Utility Permit Application) to the appropriate District Right-of-Way Permit Specialist (Permit Specialist) responsible for the Parish in which the work will take place. If the Utility Permit Application includes more than one District, a separate Permit must be prepared for each affected District. LaDOTD Webpage. A complete Utility Permit Application must:
- Contain the correct number of clearly legible copies and attachments;
- Describe the nature of the work involved; and
- Be accompanied by four copies of the required drawings of property lines, the exact location of the proposed work, as well as existing conditions and proposed changes.
3-LA-c.7 to 3-LA-c.8 — Review Application Materials for Completeness
The LaDOTD District Office and Permit Specialist must review the Utility Permit Application for administrative and technical completeness.
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