Oldham County Engineer

Mission

The Oldham County Engineer’s Office oversees the construction, inspection, and maintenance of Oldham County infrastructure (roads, bridges, sidewalks, stormwater facilities, etc.), reviews and approves development plans, and inspects construction sites in order to ensure compliance with Oldham County regulations and accepted engineering standards.

The Oldham County Engineer’s Office accomplishes this mission through the following activities:

Road Encroachment Permit Approval

Anyone desiring to do work within the County’s “Right-of-Way”, usually for the purpose of creating, maintaining, or removing a driveway within the County’s “Right-of-Way”, must obtain approval from the Oldham County Engineer using the Road Encroachment Permit Application.  The County right-of-way is an area that encompasses the road and portions of land on both sides of the road, which may include curbs, drainage ditches, sidewalks, street signs, and utilities.  The width of the County right-of-way will vary based on the type and age of the road.  The width of the right-of-way can be found by checking your plat or survey.

Road Encroachment for Utility Installations Permit Approval

Anyone desiring to do work within the County’s “Right-of-Way” must obtain approval from the Oldham County Engineer using the Road Encroachment for Utility Installations Permit Application.  The County right-of-way is an area that encompasses the road and portions of land on both sides of the road, which may include curbs, drainage ditches, sidewalks, street signs, and utilities.  The width of the County right-of-way will vary based on the type and age of the road.  The width of the right-of-way can be found by checking your plat or survey.  If located in the County right-of-way, work that will require a Road Encroachment for Utility Installations Permit includes, but is not limited to:

     1) Installing, maintaining, or removing any utility (i.e., electric, water, gas, sanitary, cable, telephone, fiber optic, etc.),

     2) Installing, maintaining, or removing a sidewalk,

     3) Planting, maintaining, or removing trees and bushes,

     4) Installing, maintaining, altering, or removing stormwater drainage system items (i.e., ditches, culverts, headwalls, catch basins, etc.),

     5) Installing, maintaining, or removing a sign.

Residential, Commercial, and Industrial Construction Approval and Site Management

The Oldham County Engineer’s Office works with land owners, developers, and engineers to ensure all residential, multi-family, commercial, and industrial construction projects are designed, constructed, developed, inspected, and maintained in accordance with Oldham County regulations and accepted engineering standards.  Land owners, developers, and engineers should click here for more information concerning permit approval, construction plan approval, sediment prevention and erosion control plan approval, and construction site management practices.  

Link to Design, Construction & Inspection Guidance

Residential, Commercial, and Industrial Construction Site Inspections

Once a Stormwater Quality Management and Erosion Control Permit has been issued for a site with approved construction plans by the Oldham County Engineer, the Oldham County Engineer's Office is authorized to enter the construction site to conduct routine inspections to ensure the permit holder is complying with the terms of the permit and approved construction plans.  In addition to these routine inspections, the Oldham County Engineer's Office also conducts inspections of construction sites for Record Plat and Surety Releases.

Capital Improvement Projects

The Oldham County Engineer's Office designs and oversees construction of various Capital Improvement projects for the County.  Ongoing Capital Improvement projects include drainage, roadway, bridges, streambank stabilization, upkeep of County property, and watershed clean-up projects. 

Accepting Private Rural and/or Subdivision Roads into the County

Individuals, Groups, or Homeowners Associations that desire to have their roadways accepted should follow the Procedure for Accepting Private Rural and/or Subdivision Roads into the Oldham County Road Maintenance System.