Right-of-Way Encroachment

This process is used to approve encroachments into a public right-of-way. This includes structures (i.e. buildings, overhangs, fences, etc.) as well as private underground utilities (except irrigation systems).


  • Public right-of-way that is dedicated to or maintained by the City of High Point.

Approvals or Permits Issued

  • Approval of a right-of-way encroachment by City Council or Technical Review Committee (TRC), as applicable.


  1. The applicant submits an application, supplemental documents and fee
  2. Projects are assigned a Case Manager to act as the point of contact and assist with managing the project through the process.
  3. Plans are reviewed by an interdepartmental team with expertise in planning, transportation, utilities, stormwater, land-disturbance and other environmental areas. This review is in accordance with adopted Regulations and Policies.
  4. Comments are returned to the applicant. The applicant addresses any unresolved issues and re-submits for review.
  5. If the proposal is for an underground encroachment, TRC may approve, approve with conditions, or deny the application.
  6. If the proposal is for an above ground encroachment, the proposal is forwarded to the next available City Council meeting.
  7. After consideration of the requests, City Council may approve, approve with conditions, or deny the application.

Submittal Requirements

  1. Review and prepare your submittal using the Right-of-Way Encroachment Checklist (PDF).
  2. Completed Right-of-Way Encroachment Application (PDF) submitted to the Development Services Center or online through Accela Citizen Access (ACA)

Additional Information

  • A written legal description of area of encroachment or Exhibit Map is required after TRC review and prior to approval by TRC or City Council, as applicable.
  • An encroachment agreement is prepared by legal staff for recordation in the applicable County Register of Deeds.
  • A separate Right-of-Way (ROW) Disturbance permit will need to be obtained from the Engineering Services Department for any disturbance of City streets, curb and gutter, or sidewalk. 
  • A separate Lane Closure Permit will need to be obtained from the City of High Point Transportation Department for any lane or sidewalk closure along public streets within the City of High Point corporate limits.

Expected Processing Time

  • Within 2 business days of receipt of an application the Planning & Development Department will determine whether an application is complete or incomplete.
  • If the application is incomplete, then the applicant will be notified within those 2 business days with a written list of application deficiencies. 
  • If the application is complete, then it shall be considered submitted.
  • For a below ground right-of-way encroachment, approximately 10 business days from submittal of a complete application the applicant will receive review comments on the initial submittal.
  • For an above ground right-of-way encroachment, approximately 50 business days from submittal of a complete application the City Council will meet and potentially make a decision.
  • Complete application processing time is dependent upon the applicant’s ability to resolve any initial review issues and submit a revision for approval by the Technical Review Committee (TRC) or City Council as applicable.


  • Application fee is due at time of submittal
  • See the Development Fee Schedule (PDF) for specific fees
  • Payment types accepted: Cash, Discover, MasterCard, Visa and Check or Money Order payable to the City of High Point
  • Online (ACA) payment types accepted: Cash, Discover, MasterCard, Visa and E-check