Excavation Permits are required whenever an excavation or underground work is planned within the city’s right of way (sidewalks, boulevards, and roadways).
Rochester Code of Ordinances 9-2 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.
- Excavation Permit Forms
- Service Connections (Water, Sanitary Sewer, Storm Sewer)
- Sidewalks (Sidewalks, Driveway Approaches, Pedestrian Ramps, Boulevard Regrading)
- Small Diameter Utility (Cable, Phone, Electrical, Fiber Optics, Gas Service)
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:
- Right-of-Way Permit Form (two pages)
- Gopher State One Call Locate Request - Notice
- Minnesota State Law Chapter 216D - 216D.03 to 216D.07
- Phase 2 Fee Structure for Permit and Inspections - starting January 1, 2017
- Phase 1 Fee Structure for Permit and Inspections
Contractors can call, fax, or email requests for excavation permits.
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
- Inspection times: 8:00a - 3:30p
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.
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.
- Inspection times: 8a - 3p
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.
- Click here for Right of Way Permit General Conditions