Right of Way (ROW) training & education for local public agencies and consultants

WSDOT Local Programs ROW Section provides educational opportunities for local agencies and consultants.

Annual Local Agency ROW Meetings

Annual meetings are held throughout the State to discuss updates on ROW policies, training on specific topics, open discussions, and best management practices for ROW activities on federal aid transportation projects.

Annual ROW Meetings Schedule (pdf 94 kb)

Please use the following to view and download the materials used at the 2020 Annual ROW Meetings.


Core Curriculum ROW Courses

A core curriculum training topic is offered each summer related to federal-aid requirement in accordance with LAG Chapter 25, WSDOT’s Right of Way Manual, Uniform Act, and the Code of Federal Regulations Title 49 Part 24.

This training is held in Western and Eastern Washington during the summer. The topic for 2019 and dates for the training will be posted in spring 2019.

PowerPoint Presentations of previously offered Core Curriculum ROW Courses are available through the following links:


Online Training

No ROW Verification and Sufficient Property Rights (Flow Chart) Training
Offered: Online eLearning - free

Description: This online training is required for those responsible for making decisions on whether a federally funded local agency project has ROW needs, and for those completing the Design Approval Documentation form (Appendix 43.62). This training focuses on the process of reviewing the PS&E to verify a no ROW determination. This training also covers Property Right or Interest flowchart and the Type of Property Rights Necessary flowchart to aid your agency in making clear and consistent property related decisions.

Administrative Settlement Training
Offered: Online eLearning - free

Description: Administrative settlements are used when reasonable efforts to negotiate an agreement at the approved offer amount have failed, and it is determined by a local agency official that it is reasonable, prudent, and in the public interest to agree to pay additional money or other form of compensation or consideration to a property owner. This 1 to 2 hour course is designed to help participates gain an understanding of the documentation requirements and the skills needed to prepare a quality and well justified settlement.

FHWA Federal Aid Essentials
Offered: Online - free

Description: A central online library of informational videos and resources, designed specifically for local agencies. Each video addresses a single topic (including Right of Way Requirements and the Uniform Act). Complex regulations and requirements of the Federal Aid Highway Program are condensed into easy to understand concepts and illustrated examples. All these videos are short in duration (average is 6 minutes) and include companion resources and links for additional information.

National Highway Institute (NHI) Real Estate Acquisition under the Uniform Act: An Overview
Offered: Online - free

Description: The Uniform Relocation Assistant and Real Property Acquisition Act of 1970 (Uniform Act) is the basis for Federally-funded real estate acquisition programs. This self-paced training provides an overview of the Uniform Act’s three key elements: Valuation, Acquisition, and Relocation. This course underscores the importance of following Uniform Act Requirements when acquiring property for a Federally-funded transportation project.


Additional Training and Classes


For questions or comments contact:
WSDOT Local Programs Right of Way Manager / 360-705-7329 or LTAP Training Center / 360-705-7355