Excavation Permits

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Excavation Permits are required whenever an excavation or underground work is planned within the city’s right of way (sidewalks, boulevards, and roadways). 

View City of Rochester Chapter 25 permit requirements which states in part:

An excavation permit is required by any person wishing to excavate that part of the public right-of-way described in such permit and to hinder free and open passage over the specified portion of the public right-of-way by placing facilities described therein, to the extent and for the duration specified therein.

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Excavation Permit Forms

Prior to obtaining a permit the proposed work must be reviewed and approved. Use the permit applications below to begin the process.

Right-of-way permit forms for service connections, sidewalks, and small diameter utility work:

Contractors can call, fax, or email requests for excavation permits.

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Service Connections (water, sanitary sewer, storm sewer)

  • City License is required. Please contact the City Clerk's office for requirements
  • Service connection work requires a plan submitted for review with permit application
  • Public Works specifications for connections: Service Connection Specifications C150
  • Polyethylene Water Service Line Installation

    • PE Water Service Form
    • Required if you plan to use PE water service
    • Water service must be 100+ linear foot from curb box to the house/building
    • Form must be filled out and signed by RPU Water 507-280-1500 and submitted for review with permit application.

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Sidewalks (sidewalks, driveway approaches, pedestrian ramps, boulevard regrading)

  • City License is required. Please contact the City Clerk's office for requirements.
  • Driveway approaches can not be over 32' for commercial or residential unless approved by the City Council.
  • Driveway approach can only be as wide as the garage.
  • Changes to a current driveway approach must have a drawing submitted for review with permit application.
  • Public Works specifications for sidewalks: Sidewalk Specifications C700.

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Small Diameter Utility (cable, phone, electrical, fiber optics, gas service)

  • All small diameter utility permits require a plan submitted for review with permit application.
  • When utility work is planned that includes aerial placement such as cable, wire or equipment (not underground), the proposed work must be reviewed and approved prior to obtaining a permit.

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