Private Construction

Construction & the Out Lawn Near Your Home

Signage in the Out Lawn

During City coordinated construction projects, contractors doing the work sometimes place traffic control signs in the public out lawn area adjacent to a private property. These signs are required to ensure the safety of motorists and pedestrians traveling in the construction area as well as the contractor's employees working there. These signs are set up and taken down by the contractors as required at different phases of the construction process.

Restoration of Out Lawn

Following the City's construction on a street, driveway or sidewalk, the City's contractor will place new topsoil and hydroseed in the disturbed areas. Property owners are encouraged to read and follow a pamphlet provided by the City about the Care and Watering of the Newly Seeded Surfaces (PDF) to assure growth of the new lawn area. This pamphlet will be given to all property owners upon completion of a City-coordinated construction project.

Private Property Construction Projects

Projects to add, widen or repair a driveway on private property are likely to involve the use of a portion of the City's street right-of-way, which includes public streets, sidewalks, and the out lawn area between the street and sidewalk. Citizens should contact the City's Engineering Department to obtain the necessary permits and review the appropriate guidelines for working in the City's right-of-way.

Administrative Rules

Administrative Rules (PDF) regulating driveways are available at the Engineering Department Office or online. Drawings that indicate property lines are also available for review at:

Engineering Department Office
333 W Ellsworth Street
2nd Floor
Midland, MI 48640

These can be helpful aids to reference when planning a private property project.

Private Utility Construction


The Engineering Department issues permits for private utility construction on public property to Consumers Energy, SBC, AT&T, Ameritech, Charter Communications and other companies. The underground and above-ground facilities of these companies occupy the public right-of-way of all City streets.

A utility worker cleans the sewer.


The Engineering Department reviews plans for new private utility main construction requests and determines whether the requests comply with City standards: the City's review process includes the following:

  • The City looks for proper horizontal and vertical separation from underground City utilities.
  • City staff tries to minimize the installation of large underground or surface structures in the City right-of-way.
  • As much as possible, the City tries to minimize the number of installations that occur under public paved streets.