Work in City Property / Infrastructure Permit Guide
This webpage provides all details and instructions for work planned to occur in City property.
You can also download/print our complete Infrastructure Permit Packet with all the same information.
When is an Infrastructure Permit Required?
- Any kind of construction work within City Right of Way (ROW)
- Public or Private Utility Installation, underground or above ground, within City property
Process Overview to Obtain Permit and Complete Work
- Locate existing utilities in City ROW that are within the project limits
- Complete and submit to the City an Infrastructure Permit application
- Include a plan and profile in the Infrastructure Permit application based on the utility locates from step 1
- City schedules application for plan review
- Approval issued to infrastructure owner after comment resolution (if any)
- After approval, contractor to:
- obtain a work in ROW Permit
- provide proof of insurance
- provide a Traffic Control Plan
- call for utility locates
- pay fees (Infrastructure – ROW permits) as per fee schedule
- obtain a work in ROW Permit
- Complete Permit and Applicant obligations as applicable
View the Complete Process Guide below for full details and instructions.
Important Phone Numbers
- Utility Notification Center (CALL BEFORE YOU DIG) - (800) 922-1987
- City of Longmont
- Development Services Center - (303) 651-8330
- Water/Wastewater/Stormwater - (303) 651-8416
- Left Hand Water District - (303) 530-4200
- Longs Peak Water District - (303) 776-3847
- Platte River Power Authority - (970) 226-4000
- Northern Colorado Water District - (800) 369-7246
Complete Process Guide
File an Infrastructure Permit application with the City of Longmont’s Public Works & Natural Resources Department.
Permit Review & Approval
Once an Infrastructure Permit application is submitted to the City, it will be scheduled for plan review. Any comments resulting from the review process will be forwarded to the applicant for resolution. It is the applicant’s responsibility to address all comments in writing and through a revised set of plans and/or as required. An infrastructure Permit will be issued once all comments (if any) have been satisfactorily addressed. Typical estimated review time for new applications is ten (10) days. Larger projects may require additional review time.
The Infrastructure Permit review/approval does not substitute or replace any additional permits that may be required as part of this process. It is the responsibility of the Applicant to ensure that all required permits are obtained before work begins.
Infrastructure Permit/ approval does not constitute approval for any work on, in, under or over private property. The Applicant must obtain direct approval from the owner for his/her work within private property.
Ditches and their associated infrastructure are privately owned by ditch companies. Requests to cross or modify any ditch company’s easement and/or its associated infrastructure must be submitted to the appropriate ditch company for review and approval.
Contact phone numbers for major ditches in the City of Longmont:
- Oligarchy Irrigation Ditch, Longmont Supply Ditch, Zweck and Turner Ditch, Denio & Talylor Ditch, Rough and Ready Ditch
- Niwot Ditch
Steps After Permit Approval
1. Obtain Work in Right of Way Permit
After the Infrastructure Permit application has been obtained and signed by the owner of the private infrastructure, the contractor must apply (and obtain approval of) a Work in the Right of Way Permit for installation of the new private utility.
If Right of Way (ROW) work is to be done on a State Highway, a State Highway Access/Utility Permit must be obtained from the State Department of Transportation prior to applying for a City of Longmont ROW permit.
2. Locate Utilities
Call the City for Utility Locates at least 48 hours before you intend to dig. Locates over 1000 ft. need to be scheduled 10 business days in advance to allow for locate completion prior to project commencement.
3. Pay Permit Fees
Permits will be issued and payments shall be made Monday to Friday, from 8:30 am to 9:30 am and from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm, at the Development Services Center located at 385 Kimbark Street, Longmont, CO. Staff assistance will also be available during these hours.
- Initial Plan Review
- Sixty Minute Max - $25.00
- Additional Plan Review - $25.00/hr.
- Construction inspections: Three (3) per Permit - $30.00
- Additional Inspections - $25.00/hr.
Payment Options: Payments may be made, in person, by cash, check or credit card.
After all three steps have been completed, work will be authorized to start.
Water, Sewer & Sanitary Utility Notes
A Temporary Water Use Permit is required when construction water is needed to complete the work.
The permittees’s infrastructure shall be installed following a reasonable installation sequence and without affecting the City’s ability to place city utilities in their normal location, including depth.
Permittee assumes full responsibility for all damages incurred to City of Longmont Water facilities due to activities authorized by the approved plans.
General Permit & Applicant Obligations
All work within the public right-of-way or easement shall conform to the City of Longmont Construction Specifications and Design Standards, latest edition.
The permittee shall be fully responsible for the cost and actual performance of all work in the streets. The permittee shall do all work in conformance with all applicable laws, regulation, codes, rules, engineering regulations, construction specifications and design standards adopted by the city. These standards shall apply to all work in the street unless otherwise indicated in the permit. All restoration by the permittee shall result in a work site condition equal to or better than that which existed prior to construction.
By accepting the permit, the permittee warrants and guarantees, upon relocating, removing or abandoning the infrastructure, to restore the surface area in a manner that is acceptable to the City. In the event that the permittee fails to do so, the City may restore the surface area at the permittee’s expense.
During construction, the permittee shall maintain the infrastructure in a condition that does not represent a hazard or a nuisance to the public. In addition, the proposed work should not interfere with other infrastructure or use of the property by the City.
The permittee shall provide and maintain at all times a code-compliant, adequate, safe and unobstructed walkway around the construction site or blocked sidewalk.
The permittee shall provide employee and construction vehicle parking so that neighborhood parking adjacent to a work site is not impacted.
The permittee may be required, at the permittee’s expense and upon thirty day’s written notice, to remove or relocate his/her infrastructure for the following reasons:
- Change in street grade;
- Relocation or vacation of the street;
- To improve, repair construct, reconstruct or maintain the street or utilities;
- Installation, removal, or relocation of utilities or other public apparatus;
- Burial of aboveground utilities or public apparatus; or
- Public health or safety concerns.
The permittee shall remove or relocate the infrastructure no later than three working days before the City intends to commence its work.
In case of an emergency, the City may ask the permittee to remove or relocate the infrastructure immediately and/ or without prior written notice. The City may remove or relocate the permittee’s infrastructure in the event that the permittee fails to do so. The permittee shall be required to reimburse the city of all expenses within thirty days after receipt of a written invoice.
The City may revoke or suspend any permit according to the provisions of City of Longmont Municipal Code: Title 13 – Streets, Sidewalks and Public Places, Chapter 13.04.010. The City reserves the right to terminate a permit if:
- The permittee does not commence work within six months after the permit is issued and/ or does not diligently pursue the work to completion.
- The permittee fails to install the infrastructure per the approved engineering plans.
Any appeal to the City’s decision to revoke or suspend the permit shall be according to City of Longmont Municipal Code: Title 13 – Streets, Sidewalks and Public Places, Chapter 13.04.010
The City shall be exempt from section 13.04.300; except the City’s telecommunication utility (ord. No. O-2007-44, section 9).