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Water, Sewer & Utility Permits

Water, sewer & utility permits are required by city ordinance to allow for the installation, repair, removal or relocation of a utility which projects onto, under or over any City of Minneapolis public property or right of way. In order to obtain a permit, a permit application must be submitted, reviewed and approved by the Department of Public Works. The cost of the repair, removal or relocation of a utility is the responsibility of the utility owner.

How to apply

To apply for a right-of-way registration and permit or a water, meter set, sewer tap, utility, or excavation permit, applicants must complete the online application. After the permit has been approved, the applicant will be notified of the amount due and acceptable payment methods.

Fee schedule

Permit fees must be paid before a permit can be issued. The amount due and payment methods will be provided after your application has been approved.

Water permits

A permit is required to tap or disconnect from the City's water mains and hydrants or to install a water meter.

If applying for a water tap permit, your service line sizing calculations will be requested via email once your application is received. Find guidance and examples in the Guide to Service Size Calculations.

Use the Utility Connections and Meter Set Permit to apply for the following permits:

Water Tap Permit

The City of Minneapolis issues Water Tap Permits to licensed plumbers who need to tap and connect to the City water main.  The City of Minneapolis inspects and records the work done by the plumber to ensure safety of residents.

Meter Set Permit

The City of Minneapolis issues Meter Set Permits for licensed plumbers to install a water meter.  The City of Minneapolis also sells various size couplings for meter installations.

Note to contractors: The City of Minneapolis requires contractors to use the 1047 or 1048 double detector for fire line installations. The City of Minneapolis does not allow other backflow devices for fire line installations, even if they are approved by the State of MN.

Water Cut Off Permit

The City of Minneapolis issues Water Cut Off Permits to licensed plumbers to discontinue water taps from city watermains. The City of Minneapolis inspects and records the work done by the plumber to ensure safety of residents.

Hydrant permits

Use the Hydrant or Temporary Meter Permit Application to apply for the following permits:

Hydrant Commercial Permit

The City of Minneapolis issues Hydrant Permits to contractors, plumbers and community gardens to use a fire hydrant to access water when other sources are not available. Water usage is metered and billed at the current billing rate. A refundable deposit may be required for the meter and RPZ (backflow prevention) that is attached to the hydrant by city staff.

Temporary Meter Permit

The City of Minneapolis issues Temporary Meter Permits to allow a temporary meter to be used during the construction phase of a project when a certificate of occupancy has not yet been issued.

Refund Policy

  1. Water permit fee refunds must be requested in writing within one hundred eighty (180) calendar days of the date the permit was issued.
  2. If none of the work authorized by the permit has started, a fifty-dollar ($50.00) processing fee will be retained by the city. The remainder of the fees will be refunded to the permit applicant.
  3. If any of the work authorized by the permit has started, a percentage of the fee for such permit equal to the percentage of work completed will be retained in addition to the fifty-dollar ($50.00) processing fee.

 

Utility permits

See instructions below on how to apply for each permit.

Sewer Tap Permit

A Sanitary Sewer Permit is required if connecting to the sanitary sewer system from either a new or existing sanitary sewer connection. If a new sanitary sewer connection is needed from the sanitary sewer main, a new Sewer Tap Permit is required. If a new connection to the sanitary sewer uses an existing sewer connection to the sanitary sewer main, a Sewer Extension permit is required.

A Storm Sewer Permit is required if connecting to the storm sewer system from the storm water main for a new line or extension of an existing line. Plans must be approved by the Public Works Surface Water & Sewers Division before a permit can be issued.

The permits above can be applied for using the Utility Connections and Meter Set Permit Application.

Utility Permit

Utility Permits are issued to licensed contractors for making repairs or alterations to city water and sewer lines. Other examples of utility repair permits are for extending water, sewer, or storm sewer lines, manhole repairs, or extensions of lines from the water or sewer mains.

Apply using the Utility Connections and Meter Set Permit Application.

Lane Use/Obstruction Permit

Obstruction permits are required when any portion of a city street, parking lane or sidewalk is obstructed for the purpose of construction, demolition, utility repair, etc.

Apply online for registration and approval at http://www.minneapolis.mn.roway.net/.

Note:

  • The City requires 24 hour notice if parking meters need to be hooded, or 48 hours if streets must be posted for "No Parking."
  • A permit is required to park vehicles in the obstructed area.
  • Lane use fees may apply if a travel or parking lane is closed.
  • Meter hooding fees apply if parking meters need to be hooded for the project.

Right-of-Way Registration and Permit

Right-of-Way Registration and Permit are required for anyone having equipment or facilities located in the right-of-way or by any contractor seeking to perform any work in the right-of-way. Registration must be renewed annually. Apply using the Right-of-Way User Registration & Permit Application.

Right-of-Way Excavation Permit

A Right-of-Way Excavation Permit is required by a registered Right-of-Way user seeking to excavate in the right-of-way. All street removal and repair must restore the maximum future utilization of the street. Restoration Costs are based on a fee schedule and must be paid before obtaining a permit. In the event that the Public Works Department must excavate a larger area then originally permitted, permittee will be billed for change in size.

Apply using the Utility Connections and Meter Set Permit Application.

Note: Excavation of any portion of a right-of-way which was constructed or reconstructed within the preceding five (5) years is prohibited by Title 17, Chapter 430.110 of the City Code of Ordinances.

See the 5-Year Street Paving Map (2015-2019) for reference.

More about Water, Sewer, and Utility Permits

If you have any questions about applying for a permit, please contact the Utility Connections Office.

Utility Connections
[email protected]
Phone: (612) 673-2451
Fax: (612) 673-3446
Public Service Center Room 222
250 South 4th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55408

 

Last updated Oct 20, 2020

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