In accordance with Chapter 949 of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Blue Ash, a “City of Blue Ash Permit to Work or Excavate in the Public Right of Way” form must be issued to all utilities (public and private), telecommunications companies, cable television companies, and any other company, agency, or individual proposing to do work within the City’s right of way. Individual agency or company forms are not accepted. This permit is required for all types of work within the right of way, even if excavation, digging, grinding or cutting is not involved. This permit serves as the permittee's Right of Way Work Permit. Permits must be issued prior to performing work. Emergency repairs (water line break, downed utility lines, sewer back-up, electric or gas service repair, etc.) may proceed prior to receiving a permit provided the City is notified as promptly as possible before commencing of work or within twenty-four (24) hours after commencing such work if advance notice is not practicable. A separate permit is required for each area of work. 

In addition to the above described permit, for companies or agencies (telecommunications, cable television, utilities, etc.) proposing to occupy a significant section of the right of way for facilities or equipment, a "City of Blue Ash Right of Way Use/Occupancy Permit" is also required in accordance with Chapter 949. This permit authorizes a company or agency to occupy portions of the City's right of way only. Insurance requirements are shown in Section 949.10(d) of Chapter 949 of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Blue Ash and must be maintained by all agencies. 

Click here to view Chapter 949 of Codified Ordinances 

Applications may be filled out by using the below PDF forms, printed (set printer for 2-sided printing to include page 2 for both types of permit applications), signed, emailed or sent to the Public Works Director's office at the City of Blue Ash Municipal & Safety Center, 4343 Cooper Road 45242, including the required items listed below. The application with an original signature must be received by the City for approval. For emergency utility work, permits may be faxed to the attention of the Public Works Director's office at (513) 745-8594 granted the original, signed application is promptly mailed to the City. Applications may also be obtained during normal office hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) from the City's Receptionist or through the mail by calling the Public Works Director's office at (513) 745-8538. Questions regarding permits should be directed to the Public Works Director's office.

Click here for a fill-in application entitled "Work or Excavate in the Public Right-of-Way Permit"
Click here for a fill-in application for new telecommunication airspace use entitled "Right of Way/Occupancy Use Permit"
Click here for Right of Way Permit Guidelines
Click here for Directions to the City of Blue Ash Municipal & Safety Center


PERMIT TO WORK OR EXCAVATE IN THE PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAY (RIGHT OF WAY WORK PERMIT)
 
Approval requires all information requested on the permit application be filled out in full, two copies of the work plan (drawing or sketch), a $50.00 permit fee (checks should be made out to the City of Blue Ash, Ohio) and a street opening bond covering a one-year period from the estimated time of completion of the work (use your insurance/bonding agency's form). We do not require a permit fee or bond from residents doing the work for themselves. If excavation, digging, grinding or cutting is not involved in the right of way, the permit serves as the permittee's Right of Way Work Permit and the fee is waived. Required fees and bonds for utility companies are determined by the City on an individual basis. Bond fees are as follows:

    • $5,000 - Main Arterial Streets - Reed Hartman Highway, Cornell Road, Kenwood Road, Glendale-Milford Road, Pfeiffer Road and Plainfield Road (Cooper to Reed Hartman Highway)
    • $5,000 - Downtown Area
    • $3,000 - All other City streets
    • $10,000 - Blanket Renewable Bond  - For contractors performing several jobs in the City during the construction season. A separate permit must be issued for each job.

Click here for Specifications for Concrete Drive Approaches


 
RIGHT OF WAY USE/OCCUPANCY PERMIT

Approval requires all information requested on the permit application be filled out in full, provide preliminary engineering plans, specifications, a detailed network map of facilities to be located within the City, fees based on the amount of area requested for use, a $5,000 performance bond or other acceptable bonding instrument dated one year beyond the work completion date (see 949.06(b)(11)), a letter of approval if attaching to any facilities (poles, underground areas, etc.), and a Certification of Insurance listing Blue Ash as an additional insured (see 949.10(d)). A check (made out to the City of Blue Ash, Ohio), money order, or cash are accepted. Fees are as follows:

      • Telecommunication or Utility - $200 - 20 miles or less of right of way; $400 - Over 20 miles
      • Special - 10 cents per lineal foot - 10 cents X ____ L.F. = FEE
      • Residents - No Fee