Water Works Construction Permits are only issued in person, by appointment, with the Engineering Division at the Water Department offices. A Water Works Construction Permit is required whenever work is performed on or in close proximity to any component of the water distribution system. Types of activities that would require a permit include, but are not limited to, the following: New domestic or fire service connections. Removal, relocation or any changes to existing water services, valves, hydrants or distribution system piping. Permits may also be required for any excavations over, under or around any component of the distribution system or installation of any utility that crosses under, over or in close proximity to any component of the distribution system. If you are unsure if you need a permit or want more clarification, please call the Engineering Division at the numbers listed below.
PERMITS ARE ONLY ISSUED IN PERSON DURING THE TIMES LISTED BELOW
MONDAY 7:00 AM - 7:30 PM
TUESDAY - THURSDAY 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
FRIDAY 7:00 AM - NOON
TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT FOR A WATER WORKS CONSTRUCTION PERMIT CALL THE ENGINEERING DIVISION: 617-349-4782
It is the responsibility of the property owner to verify and obtain all applicable permits. All water works construction projects shall follow these procedures.
The City's authorized representatives must approve the proposed construction. Additionally written permits must be obtained from appropriate agencies and all permit fees paid before construction begins. Contractors working on City roads , right of ways, private property and/or city owned utilities must be bonded with the City of Cambridge.
Final plans shall conform with the latest edition of the rules and regulations of the City of Cambridge and these procedures and shall receive approval of the appropriate officials before improvements are made.
A minimum of 72 hours notice shall be given to the CWD prior to starting construction. Emergency work will be approved by the Distribution Manager or a designated representative.
The Contractor shall be responsible for the preparation and submittal of three sets of blue line record drawings to the CWD within 60 days after completion of construction. Record drawings shall be a full set of drawings showing all details of the construction. A registered professional engineer shall certify record drawings as true and correct.
Any questions? Please call: 617 349-4782