Four rules to a pain-free process for right of way permits

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In the United States, right of way permits are required whenever work is performed within any public street or highway. This relates to city streets and driveways, utilities, and wider infrastructure, including telecoms.

IMMCO Inc has prepared right of way permits for hundreds of miles across the US, with over 80 traffic plans developed for a smart city project in southern California. The company’s GIS software experts have developed proprietary technology-enabled tools that reduce the duration and increase the accuracy and quality of permit creation.

After seeing success with permit design services, IMMCO will be starting to take on right of way permits in a big way. With experience garnered from its permit work, the company has identified some key rules that need to be followed to ensure that a tedious process for telecom construction firms can be pain-free.

#1: Ensure data is properly geo-positioned

Poorly correlated data on permit documents becomes a nightmare for many telecom construction companies, as it leads to rejection from authorities after the entire design is completed. Not only does this lead to frustration amongst multiple teams in the organisation, but it also creates long delays for the network deployment project as a whole.

#2: Well-planned traffic control documents

Traffic control plans are an integral part of permit documentation, and making sure that all elements are accounted for and color-coded properly is a huge part of getting through the permit design process in a timely way. Different municipalities, departments, and states have their specific notations required in traffic control plans, the plans need to ensure that they follow the respective guidelines.

#3: Stringent quality control process

After the data has been geo-positioned accurately and the traffic control plans are developed, a stringent quality control process is necessary to ensure that the permit is ready to head off to the authorities for approval. Having sophisticated quality assurance tools and protocols coupled with supervision from skilled engineers to review documents with a targeted focus on critical aspects of permit design, e.g. construction notation, network elements, distances displayed, color coding, etc., is the best way to make sure that no unforeseen rejections (leading to delays) come from the concerned authorities.

#4: Clear documentation for each department

Finally, post quality control check, ensuring all of the documents are in place and correctly notated, they need to be sent off to the respective departments, which can be the county, city, state, or department of transportation. Ensuring that each document is correlated to the department to which it’s going to and avoiding any mix-ups when sending them is out is that last step to make sure that the permits for your project end up approved by their respective government bodies.

IMMCO Inc has been seeing success in the world of network right of way permits for the past few months with existing clients, and has decided to take the next step to invest in this area in a big way.

CEO Keith Hayes commented: “The right of way permit process is a common source of frustration across the industry and at IMMCO, we’re poised to solve that issue. With our expertise in design and drafting combined with our automation capabilities, IMMCO will look to have network right of way permits as a substantial part of our business.”

Founder, Dr. Ramesh Iyer said: “Over the past 3 decades, we’ve always looked to address the most pressing needs of the cable and telecom industries. With first-time approvals in network design being our calling card, IMMCO is looking to bring that level of quality over to the permitting process.”

Headquartered in Alpharetta, GA, IMMCO Inc serves clients in four different continents with telecom design services and software across multiple technologies and design platforms.

Editor’s note: This article is in association with IMMCO. To see IMMCO’s case study in right of way permits, visit here.

Photo by Jungwoo Hong on Unsplash

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