Right-of-Way - Excavation Permit
Excavation permits are required whenever an excavation or underground work is planned within the city's right-of-way. No person may excavate any right-of-way without first having obtained the appropriate Right-of-Way Permit (PDF) from the Engineering Department. Applicant must submit completed permit application form, including a scaled drawing showing the location and area of the proposed project and the location of all known existing and proposed facilities. If detouring of traffic is required, a traffic management plan must be submitted (see Traffic Control Minimum). There is a fee for the permit.
To apply for this permit, the licensed excavator and/or utility company can email the permit application and sketch (along with any other pertinent information (i.e. Gas Safety Plan, Traffic Plan) to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may contact the Engineering Department at 320-255-7249 to pay with credit card or mail the above information and payment if you prefer.
NOTE: Applicant and/or Contractor shall contact Building Safety Department at 320-255-7239 regarding Plumbing Permit requirements, if needed. They shall also contact Infrastructure Services at 320-255-7286 for additional requirements for services and/or equipment and material needs.
Notice is hereby given via Minnesota Administrative Rule, Chapter 7560, Excavation Notice System, to all excavators and utility companies to review.
All permit applications that contemplate excavations within the right-of-way in areas designated as containing critical facilities on the City's Critical Natural Gas Facilities Map must fill out a Gas Safety Plan with Xcel Energy. Contractor must provide an employee qualified and trained under the City's Excavator Safety Training Program to be on site during all times when excavation work is being performed.
If excavator is connecting a new sanitary sewer or water service, a Utility Connection Permit (PDF) must be obtained. No one may connect to the city's sanitary sewer or water system without paying the appropriate connection fee.
Upon satisfying all aspects of the Right-of-Way - Excavation Permit and necessary restoration work to City restoration standards, the contractor must submit a Completion Certificate (PDF) to the Engineering Department.
See Right-of-Way - Excavation Permit Flow Chart for more information.
Permits can only be issued to a licensed excavator. Contractors must file with the city an Excavator License Application (PDF) along with $10,000 bond, Proof of Workers Compensation Insurance and a Certificate of Liability Insurance before the license can be issued.