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.
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.
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.