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Highway Occupancy Permits

PennDOT issues a variety of different Highway Occupancy Permits (HOPs) to property owners, developers, utility companies, municipalities and municipal authorities, and other interested parties who desire access to the state's right-of-way.

PennDOT has responsibilities to accommodate both HOP Applicants/Permittees and the traveling public. It is in the public interest to regulate the design, construction, drainage and maintenance of accesses, local roads, utility facilities, and other property and structures within the state highway right-of-way in order to preserve safe and reasonable access, safe and convenient passage of traffic, as well as protect the structural integrity of the highway.

  • Utility Permits may be issued to install, repair, replace, connect, remove, or disconnect privately, publicly or cooperatively owned lines, facilities and systems which directly or indirectly serve the public or any part thereof.
  • Driveway/Local Road Permits may be issued to install, alter, or remove a driveway, street or other means of passage of vehicles between the highway and abutting property.
  • Miscellaneous Permits may be issued to perform seismograph testing, embankment alterations, surface openings, roadway improvements; construct, replace, or remove curb and/or sidewalk; connect to Department drainage facilities; open test holes; install, repair, replace or remove non-utility structures, tipples, conveyors, pedestrian overhead crossings, subways, mines, or pedestrian underpass crossings.

Guidelines

The following links offer regulatory and technical knowledge, policy, process, and procedure for use when applying for a HOP. Publication 282 is an inclusive guide to PennDOT's HOP program. Appendix C1-HOP Project Application Checklists

Miscellaneous Information

PennDOT Approved Core Bore Process (PDF) 
Model Municipal/Land Owner Subsurface Storm Water Facilities Agreement (PDF)

Permit Program Mission Statement

Provide consistent, quality service by efficiently reviewing applications, issuing permits and licenses, and inspecting permit and license work while continually balancing the program goals to protect the State highway and bridge systems to ensure highway safety and facilitate economic development.

Permit Program Vision Statement

Provide a next-generation utility facility, driveway, and local road permitting organization staffed with knowledgeable, proficient, and dedicated employees providing fair, consistent, courteous, transparent, and efficient public service.