Right of Entry

Right-of-Entry application must now be submitted online via eLAPS


The City of Detroit's Environmental Affairs coordinates the City of Detroit’s Right of Entry (ROE) permit process for individuals, developers, and environmental consultants desiring to enter and conduct work on City-owned property or right-of-ways. Our responsibilities include reviewing permit requests, scope of work documents, figures/diagrams and insurance certificates. As necessary, Environmental Affairs conducts site inspections, contacts federal & state agencies and responds to emergencies. 


Environmental Affairs works closely with the Law Department to ensure insurance certificates meet the City’s requirements and to identify the property owner for the requested properties. The division also coordinates with various city departments that own property to acquire sign off on the ROE permit.



The following items are required by the city in order to obtain a ROE:

  • ROE application and checklist - ROEs are now accepted online via eLAPS
  • Detailed Scope of Work outlining the project and the requestor’s activities.
  • Detailed site map showing the location of the project and proposed activities.
  • Required level of insurance coverage – Certificate of Insurance and additional insured endorsements for Contractor’s General Liability, Automobile liability, and Pollution Liability.


Click Here for ROE Insurance Information
How to Complete an ROE Application