Application and Permit for Excavating in City Street
135.09 EXCAVATIONS. No person shall dig, excavate or in any manner disturb any street, parking or alley except in accordance with the following:
- Permit Required. No excavation shall be commenced without first obtaining a permit therefor. A written application for such permit shall be filed with the City and shall contain the following:
- An exact description of the property, by lot and street number, in front of or along which it is desired to excavate;
- A statement of the purpose, for whom and by whom the excavation is to be made;
- The person responsible for the refilling of said excavation and restoration of the street or alley surface; and
- Date of commencement of the work and estimated completion date.
- Public Convenience. Streets and alleys shall be opened in the manner which will cause the least inconvenience to the public and admit the uninterrupted passage of water along the gutter on the street.
- Barricades, Fencing and Lighting. Adequate barricades, fencing and warning lights meeting standards specified by the City shall be so placed as to protect the public from hazard. Any costs incurred by the City in providing or maintaining adequate barricades, fencing or warning lights shall be paid to the City by the permit holder/property owner.
- Bond Required. The applicant shall post with the City a penal bond in the minimum sum of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) issued by a surety company authorized to issue such bonds in the State. The bond shall guarantee the permittee’s payment for any damage done to the City or to public property, and payment of all costs incurred by the City in the course of administration of this section. In lieu of a surety bond, a cash deposit of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) may be filed with the City.
- Insurance Required. Each applicant shall also file a certificate of insurance indicating that the applicant is carrying Worker’s Compensation insurance and public liability insurance in effect for the duration of the permit covering the applicant and all agents and employees for the following minimum amounts:
- Bodily Injury - $50,000.00 per person; $100,000.00 per accident.
- Property Damage - $50,000.00 per accident.
- Restoration of Public Property. Streets, sidewalks, alleys and other public property disturbed in the course of the work shall be restored in a manner satisfactory to the City, at the expense of the permit holder/property owner.
- Maintenance. The permit holder/property owner shall maintain the affected area in good repair to the satisfaction of the Council for one year after refilling.
- Notice to Abutting Property Owners. Abutting property owners are to be notified of excavations to be made in easements or in the parking area, by other than themselves. When abutting properties are disturbed in the course of the work, it will be the responsibility of the excavator to restore the property within thirty (30) days unless weather prohibits.
- Specifications for Patching Streets. All patches will be sawed, square corners, dug out eighteen (18) inches deep, tamped, with ten (10) inches of ¾-inch road stone, tamped and remaining materials to replace the missing street will be eight (8) inches of 4500 pound 3M concrete mix or asphalt. Contractor will cover all concrete until cured with proper insulating materials if frost is imminent.
- Inspection. All work shall be subject to inspection by the City. Backfill shall not be deemed completed, nor resurfacing of any improved street or alley surface begun, until such backfill is inspected and approved by the City. The permit holder/property owner shall provide the City with notice at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to the time when inspection of backfill is desired.
- Completion by the City. Should any excavation in any street or alley be discontinued or left open and unfinished for a period of twenty-four (24) hours after the approved completion date, or in the event the work is improperly done, the City has the right to finish or correct the excavation work and charge any expenses therefor to the permit holder/property owner.
- Responsibility for Costs. All costs and expenses incident to the excavation shall be borne by the permit holder and/or property owner. The permit holder and owner shall indemnify the City from any loss or damage that may directly or indirectly be occasioned by such excavation.
- Notification. At least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the commencement of the excavation, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays, the person performing the excavation shall contact the Statewide Notification Center and provide the center with the information required under Section 480.4 of the Code of Iowa.
The Public Works Supervisor will be available to discuss erosion and sediment control measures for any lot and the sequencing for installation. If you have questions or concerns call 712-330-2884 to speak with the Public Works Supervisor.