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Traffic Control Permit

Traffic Control permits are required for all public improvement projects, construction projects or other work encroaching into the public right-of-way, including the sidewalks, parking spaces, medians, alleys and streets. The traffic control permit is also required for installing a temporary dumpster in the public right-of-way.

This permit allows for the temporary use of a street, sidewalk or parking lane for business.

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What you should know



No exemptions. Permits may be revoked or denied by the City Engineer for violations.


All permits are subject to City inspections.

How to Apply for a Permit

Step 2

Download and complete:

Step 3

Apply for the permitYou will be required to upload the completed documents from Step 2.

Please continue if you are applying for the temporary use of a street, sidewalk or parking lane.

You do NOT need to apply for a permit to conduct business outdoors on private property, including privately-owned parking lots.

Does your proposal include the use of a platform?

NOTE: Platforms are NOT required to conduct business outdoors.

Do you have a Right-of-Way permit for the use of a platform?

If No, you will be directed to the Right-of-Way permit page. A Right-of-Way permit must be obtained before applying for a Temporary Outdoor Business Operation Permit. A Right-of-Way permit costs on average about $2,000. A Temporary Outdoor Business Operation Permit without a platform is free.