What is a road vacation?
road or right-of-way vacation is governed by R.C.W. 36.87. It is a
process where land owners can have the public’s interest in roads or
right-of-ways removed. Although the right of way may have been vacated,
the rights and interests of private individuals and companies may still
encumber the road or right-of-way. Utility easements may also still
encumber the areas vacated. What is given up in the vacation process is
only the right of the general public to use the vacated road or
Who asks for a vacation?
Any landowner who wants the road or right-of-way which abuts their property vacated.
Who decides if the road is vacated?
Stevens County Board of Commissioners is empowered with deciding if a
road or right-of-way will be vacated. The Commissioners rely on
recommendations from the County Engineer and on testimony at a public
hearing which must be held before a road can be vacated. They are
responsible for protecting the general public’s interest and the
vacation is at their discretion.
the road has been vacated by operation of law, or statute, the Board of
Commissioners generally adopts a resolution recognizing the statutory
How long does a vacation take?
usually takes six to eight weeks before the public hearing can be set.
This can be done only after the petition is returned, with the proper
signatures, to the Department of Public Works for processing. If the
vacation is done by resolution the time and date of the hearing must be
posted on the area to be vacated and it also must be published in the
public notice section of the official county newspaper.
How much does it cost?
The petitioning fee for vacation of road right-of-way is between $250.00 and $750.00. Depending on the type of vacation being requested a survey may be required and there may be further compensation owed to the county.
Request a Petition
Applications may be obtained from the Public Works Administration
Office. You may request to have one sent to you through the mail by
calling (509) 684-4548 or request a petition by email.