Right-of-way is an interest in property either owned in fee or as an easement transferred through grant, prescription, dedication, or the right of Eminent Domain. The county uses road right-of-way to construct, operate, and maintain public infrastructure, including but not limited to; the roadway surface, support shoulder, cut and fill slopes, ditches, traffic signs and signals, and drainage facilities. Public use of right-of-way includes direct and indirect benefits, such as providing mobility and containing utility systems.
Determining County Right-of-Way Width
Right-of-way varies in width between roads and may vary in width along different segments of the same road. In most cases, right-of-way width is greater than the surface of the roadway and does not end at the edge of pavement or back of curb. The county does not have right-of-way maps, but there are several ways to help determine the location of a right-of-way line including:
- Engaging a licensed professional land surveyor to complete a land survey and, if appropriate, a title search of the public records in the Clerk and Recorder's Office. This is an accurate and reliable method to locate right-of-way, property boundaries and encumbrances on the property.
- Reviewing existing surveys of the property or, if the property is part of a subdivision, its subdivision plat. Recorded surveys and subdivision plats are available for viewing in the County Clerk and Recorder's Office.
- Locating property monuments on a property.
Vacating County Rights-of-Way
Property owners may work with the county to remove or "vacate" public right-of-way. Application for vacating rights-of-way is part of the Development Process. For more information, contact Planning and Zoning.
In addition to acquiring the proper permits, always verify the right-of-way line location before installing a fence or landscaping to ensure that it will be on your property. In special circumstances, the county may issue a License Agreement for private improvements in county right-of-way.
No Sign shall be placed in the right-of-way of any public street, road or highway except as specified in the Jefferson County Right-of-Way Sign Policy and Procedure. (see Zoning Resolution Section 11.B)
Land Development Regulation
Right-of-way for Jefferson County street-widening projects that was purchased from previous or current landowners on or after June 7, 1988, is subject to Section 33.A.7 of the Land Development Regulation.
Transportation and Engineering DivisionMailing Address
100 Jefferson County Parkway
Golden, CO 80419
Monday through Thursday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Available by appointment.
For in-person visits, arrange with appropriate staff to meet Tuesdays between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.