Land Use Permits

24 VAC 30-151

VDOT's Land Use Permit Form Number LUP-A

Written permission is granted either by permit or a state-authorized contract let by VDOT.

About Land Use Permit Regulations

Land use permit regulations set forth the rules that individuals, localities, and other entities must follow in order to conduct activities other than travel on the commonwealth's highway systems that are under VDOT jurisdiction.  

These include activities such as installation of utilities, construction of private and commercial entrances, landscaping, the temporary use of the right-of-way, as well as numerous other types of activities.

The regulations set forth criteria used by VDOT when determining whether to issue a permit.  

The regulations are intended to preserve the integrity of the highway system and protect the safety of motorists, pedestrians and highway workers.


Frequently asked questions

Apply online for a new permit

Note: See the permits types and required forms lists below before applying online.

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Most land use permits can be obtained at local VDOT district permit offices. Certain permits, such as district-wide permits that cover regional activities rather than a specific location, are issued through the VDOT Central Office Land Use Permit section in Richmond.

Check the Status of Your Permit

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Annual Permit Billing Process

LUP-APBP Annual permit billing process


What type of permit do I need? 

The type of activities that are requested through the land use permitting process varies greatly. 

The following documents have been provided for many of the typical land use permit types. Consult the local VDOT district permit office for guidance relating to unique requests not found here.

Note:  All documents are in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) unless otherwise noted.

LUP-BM Building movement
LUP-BR Bicycle race events
LUP-CEI Road construction - Commercial entrance installation
LUP-DWSCF District-wide permit - Wireless small cell facility
LUP-DWSV District-wide permit - Surveying operations
LUP-DWTLE District-wide permit - Temporary logging entrances
LUP-DWUSC District-wide permit - Utility service connections
LUP-EPDDS Sign installation for the prohibition of electric personal delivery devices
LUP-GC Golf cart and utility vehicle accommodation
LUP-IR Private irrigation system installation
LUP-LS Landscape installation and maintenance
LUP-LT Lighting installation
LUP-MFV Mobile food vending
LUP-OAVC Outdoor advertising structure vegetation control
LUP-PE Private entrance installation
LUP-PRC Photo-red camera system installation
LUP-PU Private utility service crossing
LUP-CRI Regional permit - Cultural resource investigation
LUP-UT Utility installations
LUP-UTT Regional permit - Biennial utility tree trimming

Roadside memorial installation

LUP-RWZU Work zone traffic control for utility work located off right-of-way
LUP-SDS Storm drain stenciling
LUP-SE Special events
LUP-SUSCF Single-use wireless small cell facility
LUP-SUSO Surveying operations
LUP-SUTLE Single-use temporary logging entrance
LUP-SWCD Soil and water conservation district sign installation
LUP-VCSB Vegetation control single business
LUP-VM Volunteer mowing activities


Forms Files below are in Adobe PDF and require the Adobe  Acrobat Reader.

The applicable land use permit form is dependent upon the type of activity to be performed within VDOT right-of-way. Because this work can vary significantly, the following forms have been provided to assist in applying for a land use permit.

Note:  All documents are in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) unless otherwise noted.

LUP-A Land use permit application  
LUP-AUA Agricultural use agreement  
LUP-BMI Building movement - Investigator’s report  
LUP-BMV Building movement - VDOT recommendation  
LUP-CCV Chemical control - Vegetation  
LUP-CSB Corporate surety bond  
LUP-CUA Commercial use agreement  
LUP-IPP Land use permit application – In-place utility (New street acceptance)  
LUP-LC Bank irrevocable letter of credit  
LUP-OC Open-cut pavement restoration requirements  
LUP-PA Permit agreement for occupation of right-of-way  
LUP-PRU Land use permit application - Prior rights utility  
LUP-SB Surety bond  
LUP-SEA Special event approvals  
LUP-SEI Special event information  
LUP-SPG Special provisions - general  
RESOLUTION City, county, town resolution  
W9-COV Request for taxpayer ID number and certification  
ITD-35E Background check  
ITD-36E VDOT information security agreement  

Guidance Information Files in Microsoft Word unless otherwise noted.

The following guidance information and associated documents are additional resources relating to the land use permitting processes.

Note:  All appendices are Microsoft Word files unless otherwise noted.


Processing permit requests on limited access right-of-way


Checklist for processing limited access permit requests


Processing requests for changes in limited access control


Processing permit requests for Fiber Optic Resource Sharing Projects (FORS)


Procedures for addressing delinquent permits


Processing permit requests for Comprehensive Roadside Management Projects (CRMP)


Processing permit requests for Roadside Management Special Projects (RMSP)


Illicit discharge notification template


Quit claim deed - Power distribution


Quit claim deed – Power transmission


Subordination of rights agreement - Street acceptance


Subordination of rights agreement - Dominion Virginia Power


Transit shelter installation guidelines


Checklist for Fiber Optic Resource Sharing Projects (FORS)


Guidance on the installation of Watch for Children signs


Mailbox installation guidelines


District permit offices and counties


Land use permit and Geographic Information Systems integration


Delegation of authority for administration of land use permit regulations
20 Access management regulations and standards


Requests for location of VDOT utilities
50 Rules and regulations for the administration of waysides and rest areas
100 Rules and regulations for the administration of parking lots and environs


Development of the Land Use Permit Regulations

The current Land Use Permit Regulations were prepared in accordance with Virginia’s Administrative Process Act.

To assure a broad outreach of public input, VDOT encouraged the public to provide comments on the proposed regulations and standards for a 60-day period.

Input was submitted via the internet, mail, and in-person at three public hearings conducted throughout the state.

The proposed regulations and standards were also published in the Virginia Register and posted on VDOT’s website.

  • More than 53 written and public hearing comments were received from individuals, developers, companies, consultants, and business organizations.  VDOT utilized these comments along with input from other stakeholders to develop the final version of the regulations.

  • Public hearing comments and VDOT responses (PDF, 316 MB)

The current Land Use Permit Regulations were approved by the Commonwealth Transportation Board on Oct. 15, 2009, and became effective on March 17, 2010. The regulations replaced the 1983 Land Use Permit Manual..

Additional Information

If you would like additional information regarding the Land Use Permit Regulations and related processes and forms, contact the local VDOT district permit office in the locality where the activity is to be performed, or the VDOT Central Office Land Use Permit section in Richmond at 804-786-0622 or 804-786-0759.


Page last modified: Dec. 11, 2017