What is it?
All public roads are located within land which is referred to as road right-of-way. Within a typical road right-of-way, the following public facilities can be found: the driving surface, roadside shoulders and ditch, public utilities, sidewalks, and traffic signs to name a few. Road right-of-way width is established by deed, statute, or through the platting process. Regardless, lands within the road right-of-way are reserved for use of the traveling public and maintenance of the county road system. Public roadways within Ingham County, other than limited access freeways, State trunklines and roads within the incorporated boundaries of villages and cities, are the jurisdiction of the Ingham County Road Commission. As the agency with jurisdiction over the county road system, the Ingham County Road Commission has a duty to look after the health, safety, and welfare of the public using county roads.
When do I need a permit?
Any type of work or activity that is to be performed within the road right-of-way, other than lawn maintenance, requires a permit from the Ingham County Road Commission. Common types of work that require permits are: driveway installations, driveway resurfacing, irrigation installation, ditch modifications, utility installations, tree removals, banner installations, and parades.
What cannot be done within the road right-of-way?
Due to our duty to look after the health, safety, and welfare of the public using county roads, the Ingham County Road Commission does not allow, but is not limited to, the following installations or activities within the road right-of-way: any activity that creates an unsafe condition for those using the roadways, installation of fences, planting of trees (unless the posted speed limit is 25 mph), filling of roadside ditches, installation of masonry mailboxes (unless the posted speed limit is 25 mph) and installation of unauthorized signs.