Approved ROW List


This individual is responsible for negotiating the acquisition of property rights to ensure compliance with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree plus 1 year as a journey level eminent domain acquisition specialist or equivalent;
  • OR
  • AA degree plus 2 years as a journey level eminent domain acquisition specialist or equivalent;
  • OR
  • 3 years as a journey level eminent domain acquisition specialist or equivalent.
  • Must be a Real Estate Broker licensed in the State of Washington.

  • Working knowledge and understanding of laws and regulations pertaining to real estate acquisitions for public works projects, including - Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 468-100, Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 8.26, and the Code of Federal Regulations 49 CFR Part 24 relating to acquisition and condemnation of real property and property rights.
  • Knowledge and intent of the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, as amended.
  • Working knowledge of the connectivity of all real estate disciplines -project management. title, appraisal, appraisal review, acquisition, relocation, relocation review, and property management.
  • Ability to read and understand ROW plans and legal descriptions.
  • Ability to communicate, in a professional manner, with property owners, their representatives, other real estate professionals, and/or members of other professions involved in the delivery of government projects.
  • Ability to recognize when pertinent facts are incorrect, missing, or require supplementation or verification.
  • Ability to utilize internet and local data centers, such as county clerk offices, to research basic property ownership information.
  • Ability to organize and maintain records/files/research data.
  • Ability to operate office equipment and motor vehicles.
  • Ability to perform complex word processing, data entry, prepare spreadsheets, and operate various computer software.
  • Ability to understand instructions, set priorities, and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to analyze and assess risk regarding complex issues.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to follow directions and assignments given by senior staff members.
  • Skilled at problem solving.
  • Ability to sit or stand and operate computers for long periods of time.
  • Willingness to travel throughout the state, with overnight stays.
  • Ability to inspect buildings and lands, which may require traversing rough terrain.



  • NHI's Real Estate Acquisition Under the Uniform Act: An Overview - Free NHI web based course 6 hours.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Working knowledge and understanding of Chapters 6, 8, and 9 of the Right of Way Manual.
  • Working knowledge of the letters, instrument forms, and provisions appropriate to the acquisition process conducted under the threat of WSDOT's use of eminent domain.
  • Working knowledge of requirements to clear title exceptions.
  • Read, understand, and correctly interpret complex legal documents, legal descriptions, ROW plans, construction plans, and explain them to property owners, their representative, or others with a property interest.
  • Review and interpret preliminary title reports to ensure all matters of title are property identified, and make a recommendation as to the acceptance or need for clearance of special exceptions.
  • Perform complex acquisitions including those involving partial acquisitions, access rights, damages, special benefits, and environmental issues.
  • Prepare offer letters, revised offer letters, and all conveyance and other instruments required to complete the acquisition transaction.
  • Prepare Administrative Settlements for review and concurrence by the appropriate approving authority.
  • Coordinate acquisition activities with others.
  • Communicate the acquisition program clearly at public meetings.
  • Meet one-on-one with property owners and those who may have an interest in real property.
  • Comply with Chapter 42.52 RCW regarding conflicts of interest and ethics.

Discipline Package

Discipline packages are submitted electronically
Once you pass the test, you will be assigned a ROW ID number.
NOTE: You cannot complete the below package information without a ROW ID number.

  • Resume
  • Copy of certificates of completion for required training(s)
  • Copy of required license(s)
  • Acquisition Project Experience Worksheet *past 5 projects