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Water, Sewer & Utility Permits

Water, sewer & utility permits are required by city ordinance to allow 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 a number of Public Works offices. The repair, removal or relocation of the utility will be fully at the cost of the utility owner.

 

How to apply

To apply for a Water, Meter Set, Sewer Tap, Utility, or Excavation permit, or Right-of-Way Registration and Permit, applicants will complete the online application. Applicants will be notified when the permit is ready and may need to visit the address below to pay for and receive the permit. For some permits, credit card payments over the phone are accepted. Please do not email credit card information with the application.

Utility Connections
PWUtility.Connections@minneapolismn.gov
Phone: (612) 673-2451
Fax: (612) 673-3446
Public Service Center Room 222
250 South 4th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401

 

 

To apply for a Hydrant Permit, contact the Water Permit and Connections Office.

Water Permits and Connections
Phone: (612) 673-2865
Public Service Center
250 South 4th Street, Room 204
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Fee schedule

Once your application has been reviewed, each permitting office will inform the Utility Connections Office of the applicable fee which should be collected. The Utility Connections Office will inform you of this amount and will collect the necessary fees prior to the issuance of any permits.

Types of Water Permits

To ensure residents have safe water and according to City Ordinance 509 Article 1, the City of Minneapolis offers permits to licensed plumbers who need to tap or disconnect from the City’s water main or meters. Apply for any of the permits below using the Utility Connections and Meter Set Permit Application.

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.  Meter information is provided to the Minneapolis Meter Services Department and the Minneapolis Water Billing department to create or update a water account.

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 Commercial Permit

The Water Works Permit Office issues Hydrant Commercial Permits for the use of water for contractors and plumbers when there is no availability of water. Hydrants are metered and billed at the City of Minneapolis Utility Billing Rate (per cubic feet of water). 

Note: A deposit is required for the meter and RPZ that is attached to the hydrant.

Hydrant Garden Permit

The Water Works Permit Office issues Hydrant Garden Permits to neighborhood organizations for use of a specific fire hydrant.  Neighborhood organizations must have legal documentation from the owner giving permission to use the land. These permits are issued seasonally. Hydrants are metered and billed at the City of Minneapolis Utility Billing Rate (per cubic feet of water). 

Note: A deposit is required for the meter that is attached to the hydrant. 

 

Types of 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 permits will not be granted for any project which requires the excavation of any portion of a right-of-way which was constructed or reconstructed within the preceding five (5) years, as outlined by Title 17, Chapter 430.110 of the City Code of Ordinances.

See the 5-Year Street Paving Map (2012-2016) for reference.

More about Water & Utility Permits

Additional information is available if needed. If you are uncertain about the information we are requesting, please contact the Utility Connections Office or the Water Permits and Connections Office.

Utility Connections
PWUtility.Connections@minneapolismn.gov
Phone: (612) 673-2451
Fax: (612) 673-3446
Public Service Center Room 222
250 South 4th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Water Permits and Connections
Phone: (612) 673-2865
Public Service Center
250 South 4th Street, Room 204
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Last updated Oct 20, 2017

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