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Infrastructure / Right-of-Way (ROW) / Filming in Public

The Infrastructure staff reviews infrastructure plans for all commercial and residential development and inspects for compliance with City of Indianapolis Infrastructure Standards. Plan reviews include storm water drainage, transportation and floodplain development.

Infrastructure Project Compliance Analyst by Township


Stormwater (Drainage)

To protect the safety and health of our residents, it is important for land alterations to be compliant with standards and practices that result in proper storm water drainage and sediment control. By obtaining a Storm Water Permit, developers, builders, engineers, contractors and property owners are compliant with set requirements.


The City of Indianapolis has jurisdiction over all public thoroughfares in Marion County except those under the INDOT and all local streets except those within excluded cities. In order to properly operate these roads, an Access Control policy has been established for obtaining driveway permits. All driveways, including temporary construction, and approaches require a permit under this Access Control policy.

Floodplain Management

Floods are one of the most common hazards in Indianapolis-Marion County. Flood effects can be local, impacting neighborhoods or communities, to large regions, affecting entire river basins and multiple states. To protect the citizens of Marion County and reduce flood-related losses, the City of Indianapolis participates in the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Street Construction and Dedication

Proposed public and private street construction within Indianapolis-Marion County must be constructed in accordance to the current Department of Public Works Standards for street construction. The Department of Business and Neighborhood Services must approve all permits and plans prior to construction.
The City of Indianapolis has developed a Sustainable Infrastructure Initiative. For more information, please visit the SustainIndy website.

Right of Way (ROW)

Land expressly reserved for pedestrian and vehicle traffic and/or utilities. Any use, restriction or excavation of the public right of way, such as streets, alleys and sidewalk areas, requires a permit and may even require an inspection. The Regulations of Activities in the Public Right of Way defines the requirements for permits, inspections, traffic control, and, restoration standards for excavations.

Filming in Public

In order to obtain a film permit, all productions must have a FIlm Application on file with the Film Indy Office prior to production. You will be required to furnish proof of liability insurance before Film Indy can coordinate and release your permit.

Sewer Lateral Connection

Citizens Energy group acquired sanitary sewers. For sewer permitting or information go to or call, 317-927-4328.
Citizens Energy Group (CEG) is now responsible for sanitary sewer permitting and inspection services. For more information on obtaining sewer permits through CEG, please visit their website by clicking here.