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Street Opening & Excavation Permits

Who can apply for a permit?  It depends on the type of the permit. 

To become a registered contractor (excavator) permitted to work in the City right-of-ways, you must provide a Certificate of Liability Insurance ($2,000,000 General Liability and $2,000,000 Automobile Liability) and pay a $100 annual fee.  The only thing an excavator cannot work on are sewer lines.

To become a registered contractor (sewer and drain layer) permitted to work in the City right-of-ways, you must provide a Certificate of Liability Insurance ($2,000,000 General Liability and $2,000,000 Automobile Liability), take a sewer and drain layers test, and pay a $105 annual fee.

Street excavation

If concrete is involved, a registered contractor must apply for the permit.  The fee is $500 ($150 fee, $350 deposit).  An inspection is required when the repair/replacement has been made and BEFORE the excavation is backfilled.  If it is discovered that the excavation has been backfilled before the inspection can be made, the City reserves the right to have the contractor re-expose the work.  Allow a reasonable amount of time before the inspection is needed.  Contact the Engineering Department when the work has been completed.  A final inspection will be made 30 days later (weather permitting).  The site must be leveled and grass planted or sod laid.  When the work has been approved, the refund will be processed.

Use of right of way permits

When concrete is not involved, either the home owner or a registered contractor can apply for the permit.  The fee is $150 ($75 fee, $75 deposit).  An inspection is required when the project has been formed and BEFORE the concrete is poured.  A second inspection will be made after the concrete has been poured.  Allow a reasonable amount of time before the inspection is needed.  Contact the Engineering Department when the work has been completed.  A final inspection will be made 30 days later (weather permitting).  The site must be leveled and grass planted or sod laid.  When the work has been approved, the refund will be processed.

Sidewalk permits

A sidewalk permit is required for any sidewalk installation/replacement on city property, and either the homeowner or the contractor can apply for the permit.  If the length of the sidewalk is less than 15 feet, there is no fee for the permit.  If the length of the sidewalk is more than 15 feet, the fee is $150 ($75 fee, $75 deposit).  An inspection is required when the project has been formed and BEFORE the concrete is poured.  A second inspection will be made after the concrete has been poured.  Allow a reasonable amount of time before the inspection is needed.  Contact the Engineering Department when the work has been completed.  A final inspection will be made 30 days later (weather permitting).  The site must be leveled and grass planted or sod laid.  When the work has been approved, the refund (if applicable) will be processed.