The City of Aspen has several permit types related to grading, excavating or using the Public Right of Way (ROW).
Whether your project requires a permit, and which permits are required, will depend on the nature and extent of your project. In some cases, a single permit (for instance, a Right of Way permit) may be all you need. In other cases, a building permit along with sub-permits may be needed.
Does Your Project Require a Permit?
Here are the primary guidelines to follow in determining whether you are exempt from permits related to your landscape, excavation, grading or ROW project:
Right of Way (ROW):
- ROW permits are needed when you excavate or perform construction-related work in the public ROW.
- NO exemptions exist for work performed in ROWs; a permit is always required. Work in the ROW, excluding emergency work, is only allowed between April 1 and November 1. Within the City’s downtown core, ROW work is only allowed between April 1 and May 31, and between Labor Day and November 1.
- Encroachment permits are needed anytime an activity occupies the public Right of Way, whether on a permanent or temporary basis.
- NO exemptions exist for encroachments into city ROWs.
A permit is always required for temporary ROW encroachments or permanent ROW encroachments.
The time restrictions for ROW work also apply to temporary ROW encroachments.
Visit our Understanding the Public Right of Way Page
to learn more
- For information on Encroachment permits, visit our Right of Way and Encroachment Permits page.
Soil disturbances for construction projects almost always require a
Landscape/grading permit along with supporting documents and site plans.
You should always consult with City Staff to determine what permits you may need before starting a project or working in the Right of Way.