Permits required.
Permit application requirements – Fee.
Length of permit validity.
Notification of utility superintendent.
Standard utility locations.
Safety standards.
Traffic control.
Construction methods and restrictions.
Standards for restoration of surfaces.
Nonperformance by applicant – City to perform work when – Costs.
Violations – Penalties.
12.01.010Permits required.

It is unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to make any excavation in a public right-of-way without first having obtained a permit from the city. All parties shall apply for a permit from the city clerk to work within the public right-of-way at least seven working days prior to commencement of work, unless otherwise approved by the superintendent.

(Ord. 957 (part), 1992)

12.01.020Permit application requirements – Fee.

A. When applying for a street excavation permit, the applicant shall provide the following:

1. A detailed sketch showing proposed work in relation to the public right-of-way, other existing utilities and street improvements;

2. A certificate of liability insurance naming city as an additional insured with minimum limits of liability stated in the most recent edition of Standard Specifications for Municipal Public Works Construction, published by the Washington chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA); provided, however, that a self-insured public utility may submit a letter of responsibility in lieu of a certificate of liability insurance. Such letter of responsibility shall be approved as to form by the city attorney prior to acceptance by the city;

3. A statement regarding coordination with other utilities as to location of work so as not to interfere with those utilities.

B. No opening shall be made until all necessary fittings and materials are available and on hand to complete all work.

C. Franchised utilities shall utilize the standard locations for their facilities where practicable.

D. An administrative fee of twenty ($20.00) dollars shall be charged for the review and issuance of each permit.

(Ord. 957 (part), 1992)

12.01.030Length of permit validity.

Such permit shall be valid for a time period not to exceed one hundred twenty days from date of issuance; provided, however, that a public utility may request one extension of time not to exceed sixty days in duration. Such request shall be written and received by the city at least seven days prior to the expiration date of the original permit.

(Ord. 957 (part), 1992)

12.01.040Notification of utility superintendent.

The applicant shall notify the utility superintendent and city clerk at least forty-eight hours prior to starting work.

(Ord. 957 (part), 1992)

12.01.050Standard utility locations.

A. Standard minimum depth requirements for underground utility service:

1. Electricity, thirty-six inches;

2. Telephone, thirty inches;

3. Natural gas, thirty inches.

B. Any deviation from these standards must have written approval from the city engineer.

(Ord. 957 (part), 1992)

12.01.060Safety standards.

The applicant is responsible for complying with all applicable local, state and federal health and safety codes, standards, regulations and/or accepted industry standards. It is the responsibility of the applicant to insure that his work force and the public are guarded against any hazards arising from activities of the applicant or its agents.

(Ord. 957 (part), 1992)

12.01.070Traffic control.

A. The applicant shall furnish, place and maintain all required traffic-control devices (both vehicular and pedestrian) as per the most recent edition of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, published by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

B. Any traffic restriction shall be approved by city officials.

(Ord. 957 (part), 1992)

12.01.080Construction methods and restrictions.

A. The applicant shall not interfere with or obstruct the drainage of the city’s underground fixtures for the conveyance of water or sewage, or the city’s streets, lanes, alleys and highways, or other public places.

B. No facilities shall be installed within five feet to any water main or other pipe or conduit or other utility without prior approval of the city engineer. This separation distance is for parallel facilities and not facility crossings.

C. The applicant, to the extent practicable, shall backfill all open trenches at the conclusion of each day’s work.

D. Whenever practical, applicant shall jack, bore or auger lines under streets when a street crossing is required. Otherwise streets must be cut.

(Ord. 957 (part), 1992)

12.01.090Standards for restoration of surfaces.

A. The applicant shall, with reasonable promptness and no later than twenty days after the work is finished, restore the surface of such streets, avenues, lanes, highways and public places.

B. The applicant shall satisfactorily restore all areas disturbed by construction activities to an equal or better condition than existed prior to construction. The following shall be considered the minimum acceptable depths of surfacing materials to be replaced dependent upon existing surfacing type:

1. Asphalt concrete pavement and/or bituminous surface treatment surfacing:

a. Three inches compacted depth asphalt concrete pavement, Class G, placed in two lifts;

b. Three inches compacted depth crushed surfacing top course (5/8″-0);

c. Eight inches compacted depth ballast (2½″-0).

2. Cement concrete sidewalk:

a. Four inches thickness in pedestrian areas, three thousand psi twenty-eight-day minimum compressive strength cement concrete;

b. Six inches thickness in vehicle areas, three thousand psi twenty-eight-day minimum compressive strength cement concrete;

c. Two inches compacted depth crushed surfacing top course (5/8″-0) under all cement concrete areas;

d. Refer to city sidewalk specifications.

3. Gravel Street:

a. Three inches compacted depth crushed surfacing top course (5/8″-0);

b. Nine inches compacted depth ballast (2½″-0);

c. Replace all ballast if mud or clay.

4. Gravel street shoulder:

a. Four inches compacted depth crushed surfacing top course (5/8″-0).

C. Cement concrete curb and gutter shall be replaced where disturbed with new cement concrete curb and gutter as shown on the city’s Standard Driveway Detail and the referenced APWA Specifications and Standard Plans.

D. Temporary crushed-rock trench restoration will be permitted for a maximum of two weeks following installation of facilities.

E. If adverse weather conditions exist, temporary asphalt concrete cold-mix patch will be permitted until weather conditions permit the required permanent restoration specified above.

F. All restoration materials and workmanship shall be in accordance with the most recent edition of the referenced APWA Specifications.

G. All trench backfill and restoration materials must be compacted to ninety-five percent of maximum density at a maximum of six-inch lifts.

H. All restoration work must be approved by the city.

I. A cash deposit or bond in an amount to be determined by the city engineer may be required prior to commencing work in order to guarantee materials and workmanship; provided, however, that self-insured public utilities shall be excluded from this requirement provided they have complied with Section 12.01.020(B) of this chapter.

J. All restoration materials and workmanship must be guaranteed for a one-year period following formal acceptance of same by the city. Any remedial work required during this guarantee period must be provided and performed by the applicant upon demand by the city.

(Ord. 957 (part), 1992)


The applicant is to restore all areas worked to equal or better condition than found within twenty days of completing the installation, weather permitting. Any extension of time shall be approved in writing by the city.

(Ord. 957 (part), 1992)

12.01.110Nonperformance by applicant – City to perform work when – Costs.

The city may, upon twenty days’ written notice to the applicant, at any time do, or order to have done, any and all work that it considers necessary to restore any area left in an unsatisfactory condition or in a condition, in the opinion of the city, dangerous to life or property; and the applicant, upon demand, shall pay to the city all costs of such work plus ten percent.

(Ord. 957 (part), 1992)


The applicant shall pay, upon completion of the project and inspection by the appropriate city official, an inspection fee covering the actual cost of said inspection. A statement of costs shall be rendered to the applicant at the completion of the project (minimum of one hour).

(Ord. 957 (part), 1992)

12.01.130Violations – Penalties.

Any person, firm, or corporation violating any of the provisions of this chapter is guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed five thousand dollars.

(Ord. 957 (part), 1992)


The applicant shall fully indemnify and hold the city harmless from any and all liability which might arise as a result of the actions of the applicant, its agents, servants or employees. The city shall notify the applicant promptly of any action filed against the city.