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June 4, 2010

TF14098: Access Denied: User [User] needs PendChange permission(s) for $/[Source control folder]

Filed under: Team foundation server 2010 — Ravendra Mishra @ 12:56 pm

I am member of TFS Administrators group, also member of Project Administrator and Contributor for a project. Now I am trying to delete a source control folder from this project and struck by following error.

TF14098: Access Denied: User [User] needs PendChange permission(s) for $/[Source control folder]


I just checked what are the security permissions for this folder. To do so navigate to the folder location in discussion (in local machine) and use following command

Tf perm

This will basically tell you list of all users/groups with their permission. From this list check if any the group you are the member is denied for PendChange or its directly denied for you. If yes then take the necessary steps to remove that.

Point to note here is Deny always takes precedence. Let’s say you are member of TFS Admin (where all permissions are allowed) and also project reader (where except PendChange is denied) then PendChange of reader will take precedence and you will not be allowed to delete.



  1. I’ve done what you suggested above and there are NO deny permission on the folder in question and it says that my user explicitly has PendChange permission. Any ideas on why i still get the error?

    Comment by Brad — April 14, 2011 @ 1:04 pm | Reply

  2. Check that you have Project Collection Build Service Accounts in you Branch Permission.
    Go to the branch-> righr mouse-> Properties-> Permission-> check that Project Collection Build Service Accounts is there and can Check in, Check out, merge and so on.

    Comment by lamerok74 — August 17, 2011 @ 5:06 am | Reply

  3. This is really good. I was able to resolve this issue with inputs provided by you all. Thanks Alot Everyone

    Comment by Naveen Kokcha — December 15, 2011 @ 8:57 pm | Reply

  4. Thanks, I was able to resolve me too with your post.

    Comment by Yves — May 17, 2012 @ 7:44 pm | Reply

  5. Thanks! This solution helped me solve my problem.

    Comment by Go Guguti Games — January 31, 2014 @ 1:52 pm | Reply

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