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The original modern developers of the City of Key West designated certain routes in the City as public "Rights-of-Way" to allow commerce to exist. Businesses and residents need to have avenues to transport goods and move around the island. The City was granted designated Right-of-Ways, which are required to be maintained for the purpose of allowing people the right of passage.
The City must maintain the streets in a manner that is conducive to the passage of people and goods. The City has the responsibility to ensure that use of the Right-of-Way maintains proper public access and the infrastructure is properly designed and installed.
"Right-of-Way" permits are required for all construction and landscape work and for any use of the Right-of-Way, such as
Permits are required for filling low spots with rock, asphalting on the edge of pavement, sidewalks, and brick driveways.
"Maintenance of Traffic" permits are required when any use of the Right-of-Way will cause a temporary blockage of the street, sidewalk or parking lanes. These requirements include cones, barricades, flaggers, and other means to ensure vehicles and pedestrian traffic are routed safely.
There are a number of utilities and their contractors which use the City’s Rights-of-Way. These include:
Yes. The City is a member of the Utility Coordination Association, and we meet monthly to update each other on projects. We maintain a five-year plan for all utility work and attempt to schedule projects on the same road in the same time period to reduce costs of asphalt overlay. Sometimes, work can not be coordinated due to the nature of, or extent of, repairs or funding availability.
Monroe County is responsible for maintaining the street portion of the following Rights-of-Way (the City maintains the sidewalks):
The Florida Department of Transportation maintains:
Sanitary sewer (the sewer servicing your house) questions should be referred to OMI, a contract service of the Utilities Department at 305-292-5100. Storm drain questions should be referred to the Utilities Department at 305-809-3902.
Build up from street debris or falling leaves accumulates at storm grates. If you want to help, you can use a shovel or rake to clear off the top of the grate. If this does not correct the problem, contact the Utilities Department at 305-809-3902.
Also, it is not cost effective to build storm drainage pipes large enough to handle every storm. Local streets are designed to be temporarily covered by water during heavy storms.
The City of Key West is responsible for seeing that the drainage from public streets is properly handled. Water flowing onto your property from privately owned property is a matter between the private property owners. We suggest you talk with your neighbor and work together to arrive at a solution. The City has no specific codes or jurisdiction over storm drainage from one private lot flowing into another private lot.
During heavy storms, Public Works and OMI crews are very busy and cannot be everywhere at one time. The City appreciates help from the public. If there is a plugged drain or grate over a culvert adjacent to your property, we encourage you to take preventive measures, if you are able, and clear it out rather than wait to report a problem. To report a drainage problem, call 305-809-3902.
The fee is to help pay to build a storm drainage system that will prevent a storm sewer overflow into the outstanding Florida waters.
City code states that public sidewalks are to be maintained by the adjacent property owners. If a citizen complains about an unsafe sidewalk, it will be inspected after the complaint is received. If it is found to be hazardous, a repair notice will be sent to the adjacent property owner.
Sidewalk inspectors look for hazards that cause people to trip and fall. For example, sidewalks that are raised, badly cracked, or have holes and rough spots or damage by tree roots may be hazardous. Guidelines suggest lips or settlement exceeding 1 3/4 inches may be considered a hazard. Hazards may be reported to the Engineering Services Department at 305-809-3965.
Once they are notified that a hazard exists, property owners have 30 days to complete repairs either by doing the work themselves, hiring a contractor or asking the City to make repairs. A City permit is required for sidewalk repair within the City right-of-way. Fees or bonds are based on the linear footage of sidewalk being replaced. The City also provides property owners with an inspection to be sure that the repair is completed according to City code. Permits can be downloaded from the Engineering Department section on this website or obtained at the Engineering Services office located at 1300 White Street. Call 305-809-3965 for further information.
Yes. Property owners who complete their own work in the right-of-way must obtain a permit from the Engineering Services office at 1300 White Street. This permit offers inspections for forms and final finish work. Information is available to property owners who need advice on how to make repairs. Inspections are included in the permit. Call 305-809-3965 for more information.
ADA accessible curb ramps are installed on all newly constructed corners. Curb ramps are installed any time an existing corner requires reconstruction or by request. Some ramps will be placed in the downtown area or installed where none exist.
The City of Key West advertises all major city contracts in the Citizen. Information can also be obtained online at DemandStar, or by phone at 1-800-711-1712.
A Right-of-Way permit is required to remove a tree or plant trees and other plantings on the City’s Right-of-Way. Contact the Engineering Services Department, 305-809-3965, AND the Landscape Division of the Planning Department, 305-809-3764. A Landscaping permit is required before a right-of-way permit will be issued.
If the container is placed on private property, a permit is not required. If there is no room on the private property and it is necessary to use the right-of-way, a permit is required. Permits for dumpsters may only be applied for by the Dumpster Company supplying the container. They are responsible for the placement of the container and removal of the container. A property owner may not apply for a dumpster permit.