The Real Estate Manual is a “living document” as procedure will evolve and change. Individuals or firms providing various services to the Office of Real Estate (e.g. negotiations, titles, appraisal, appraisal review, relocation, relocation review, closing, property management, railroad coordination utility relocation and permit application) must perform these services in compliance with current published policies and procedures. Individuals utilizing a hard copy version of the manual, without accessing the website for updates, risk providing non-compliant services to the Office of Real Estate. Therefore, all users must be aware of the changes as various sections of the manual are updated.
ODOT will provide notice of manual changes via email notification. Visit each section below and input your email address to request email updates.
The Office of Real Estate may also provide additional guidance to its procedures by Inter-Office Communications (IOC’s). These communications will be made a part of the Real Estate Manual and will be found in the Addenda of each section of the manual.
Table of Contents
Railroad Coordination Policy & Procedures Manual
(Jan. 3, 2007) Railroad Coordination refers to the process to be used during the PDP to interface and engage the railroads on various projects within the State.
Cost Estimating and Certification
Sections include Cost Estimating Procedures for Acquiring Rights-of-Way and Certification for Right-of-Way Control.
The Right-of-Way Manual provides and promotes uniform procedures, standards, and continuity when designing right-of-way plans.
This manual establishes the procedures for appraisal and for the review of appraisals for the Ohio Department of Transportation.
See guidance and regulations for cases when right-of-way must be acquired for ODOT projects.
The purpose of the Relocation Assistance Program is to ensure the fair, consistent and equitable treatment of persons displaced as the result of State and/or Federal Aid projects or programs.
See guidance and regulations for ODOT's property management practices.
ODOT’s authority to control all use of its right of way by utilities is done by permit as provided under Section 5515 of the Ohio Revised Code.