Highways and Public Works


Know the Road

The road is wider than you think…

It’s called a right-of-way, and it is all part of the highway corridor—land set aside for purposes of highway safety and maintenance.

Roads have rights too. Yes we do

Why keep the right-of-way clear?

Because it’s the law. As landowners of public highways, it’s the government’s responsibility to ensure the safety of highway travellers.

There are also plenty of other reasons to keep the right-of-way clear:

  • To keep driver's safe from distraction
  • To remove potential collision hazards
  • To enable highway maintenance
  • To keep the highway clear of dangerous contaminants

Keep the roadside clear

No personal effects—stuff for sale, storage items, signs, etc.—may be placed in the right-of-way. If you’ve got stuff there, it is your responsibility to remove it.

Under specific circumstances, property owners may apply for a permit for non-conforming items.

Upon application, permanent items that pertain to the operation of your home or business will be considered for a permit.

New items are only allowed under certain conditions.

If you are thinking of placing a new item in the right-of-way? Please ensure you request a permit.

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For more information or to request a permit, contact:

Transportation Maintenance Branch 

Phone: 867-667-8250
Toll free (In Yukon): 1-800-661-0408 ext. 8250
Fax: 867-667-3608
Email: highways@gov.yk.ca