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Encroachment Permits

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Chapter 22.3 of the Ames Municipal Code requires anything of a permanent and fixed character that encroaches into the public way to have an approved Encroachment Permit.

The following are required before an Encroachment Permit can be issued:

  • A completed and signed Encroachment Permit Application with a sketch of the encroachment;
  • Comprehensive general liability insurance coverage in the amount of not less than $500,000 combined single limit and a current copy of Endorsement CG 2013, naming the City of Ames and its employees and assigns, as an additional insured on the policy; 
  • Payment of the application fee of $25 or $1 for every square foot that encroaches, whichever is larger;
  • Signed Agreement; and

  • Approval by the Ames City Council.

Encroachment Permit Application & Guidelines


Please submit your completed Encroachment Permit application, insurance certificate, and payment to the City Clerk's office at the following address:

City Clerk's Office
515 Clark Avenue
P.O. Box 811
Ames, IA 50010

Questions?  Please contact us by e-mail at or by phone at 515-239-5105.