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.) and reviews and inspects development plans and 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.

Commercial, Industrial, and Residential Development Plan Approval

The Oldham County Engineer’s Office works with land owners, developers, and engineers to ensure all commercial, industrial, multi-family, and residential development projects are designed, constructed, developed, inspected, and maintained in accordance with Oldham County regulations and accepted engineering standards.  Land owners and developers will generally commence the process of developing or subdividing land by contacting the Oldham County Planning and Development Office.  Once an owner or developer has obtained approval from the Oldham County Planning Commission and/or legislative body for their project, they should submit a Stormwater Quality Management and Erosion Control Permit Application to the Oldham County Engineer. 

The Oldham County Engineering Office recommends that all people desiring to conduct land-disturbing activities for a future project site closely examine the Construction Site Run-Off Control Ordinance, Post Construction Stormwater Control Ordinance, and Stormwater Quality Management and Erosion Control Permit Application.  In addition, developers, engineers, and qualified professionals that plan, design, inspect, or maintain land-disturbing activities should familiarize themselves with the following guidance or best management practices (BMPs):

     1) Kentucky Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control Field Guide,

     2) Kentucky Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Controlling Erosion, Sediment, and Pollution Runoff from Construction Sites (2009)

Commercial and Residential 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 permit holder is responsible for proper installation, inspection, and maintenance of the erosion prevention and sediment control (EPSC) devices throughout the duration of the construction project until final stabilization is established.  The permit holder shall utilize Oldham County’s Stormwater Construction Inspection Report to document all inspections.  The Oldham County Engineer’s Office is authorized to enter the construction site to conduct routine inspections to ensure the permit holder has installed and is properly inspecting and maintaining all erosion prevention and sediment control (EPSC) devices.

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.