Right-of-way services for local governments

We provide oversight to local agencies acquiring right-of-way (ROW) on federally funded transportation projects. We offer technical support, training, and compliance reviews to ensure acquiring, managing, and disposing of real estate is consistent with state/federal regulations and with the Uniform Relocation Act.

This information is specific to local public agencies, for WSDOT specific right of way questions, please visit real estate services, or contact WSDOT ROW Services at 360-705-8233.

Manuals and regulations

Federal manuals and guidance

  • Project development guide – designed to provide information necessary to complete a typical federal-aid highway ROW project using plain talk and a common sense approach.
  • Real estate acquisition guide for local public agencies – this guide is intended to serve a basic reference for local public agencies receiving federal-aid highway funds for projects involved in acquisition of real property.
  • FHWA panel discussion video (MP4 150MB)– a FHWA panel discussion designed to give managers, directors, and project engineers of local agencies a brief overview of what is required to meet the Uniform Act and preserve federal funds. You may need to download this file first, before playing it back on your computer.

Right-of-way clarification and guidance

Approved consultant list for WSDOT ROW services

The approved consultant list replaces the former Approved Appraiser and Review Appraiser spreadsheet. Local agencies, with federally funded transportation projects, must use this new consultant list for appraisers and review appraisers. At this time, local agencies are NOT required to use this consultant list for other right of way disciplines.

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