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Site Plan Review

A site plan review is a service provided where right-of-way will review plans and specifications for developments that effect City utilities, parking, traffic patterns and the public right-of-way. They will also provide recommendations to architects, engineers and developers to prepare plans that are acceptable to City standards. In addition to this, ROW identifies required permits and associated fees. The site plan review process begins with the City's Planning and Development Office located at City Hall 1435 S. Washington Avenue (989) 759-1304.

Permitting Process

Utility permits allow the City to enforce codes, ordinances and laws that protect the health, safety and welfare of citizens and public utilities. Permits are also required for the purpose of collecting fees to fund services provided by the City and also to ensure that the quality of work performed is uniform and completed according to standard practice.

Failure to purchase the appropriate permits may result in receiving a utility shut-off notice or notice of corrective action requiring the homeowner to bring the utility up to city standard.

Permit fees can be paid with cash or check in the Engineering Division located in the basement of the Public Services building at 1435 South Washington Avenue (located south of City Hall).

Fees are established by City Council. Please Refer to the Saginaw Code of Ordinances.

Remember:

  • Depending on the situation, multiple permits may be required
  • Permit expiration dates are listed on each permit
  • Please allow for 3 full working days before you dig - call the MISS DIG System 1-800-482-7171

The water service connection permit is required to install or replace a water service from the City's water main in the street to the shut-off box (curb stop) located in the parkway (the area between the curb and sidewalk). The water connection ties into the water service extension on private property. Water connections can only be installed by the Water & Sewer Maintenance Division.
Please Observe the following guidelines when planning a Sewer Connection project:

  • Fees are calculated based on the service size and the size of the right-of-way the connection is located on. Connection fees are calculated once the Engineering Division is contacted to issue a connection permit.
  • The cost for the connection may be placed on taxes for a period of up to ten years. Fees are added to summer taxes. Accrued interest is charged on outstanding balances. Fees charged to taxes may be paid off by the property owner at any time. (ORD link)
  • Only City crews can perform water connection work
  • Cost of road repairs is included in the permit
  • New water connections are warrantied for 50 years.
  • Water connection permits are valid for one year.

The water extension permit is required for any new installation, repair or replacement of a water service line between the shut-off (curb stop) in the parkway up to and including the gate valves adjacent to the meter. This permit is applied for in the Engineering Division. Inspection and water turn-on is done by the Water/Sewer Maintenance Division.
Please Observe the following guidelines when planning a Water Extension project:

  • If 50 percent of the service is to be replaced, the city mandates that the entire service must be replaced.
  • Additional permits will be required if work extends into the public right-of-way.
  • Permit fee is $45.00
  • Water Inspection Permits are valid for 60 days

The Meter Inspection permit is required for any repair or replacement that is done at the water meter including work on the gate valves adjacent to the meter. This permit is applied for in the Engineering Division. Inspection and water turn-on is done by the Water/Sewer Maintenance Division.
Please Observe the following guidelines when planning a Meter Inspection project:

  • Meter templates can be purchased at the Water/Sewer Maintenance Division located at 1701 S. Jefferson Avenue (989-759-1612). The meter template is a temporary spacer that allows plumbing to be installed and a meter to be dropped in place at a later date.
  • Additional charges may apply for water billing accounting and meter installation. Contact Water Billing (759-1450) for account fees and set up. Contact Water / Sewer Maintenance Division for meter cost (759-1612).
  • (Link to meter set diagram)
  • Permit fee is $20.00
  • Meter Inspection Permits are valid for 60 days

The sewer service connection permit is required to install or replace a sewer service from the sewer main in the street to the right-of-way line and ties into the sewer service extension on private property. Sewer connections can only be installed by the Water & Sewer Maintenance Division.
Please Observe the following guidelines when planning a Sewer Connection project:

  • Fees are calculated based on the service size and the size of the right-of-way the connection is located on. Connection fees are calculated once the Engineering Division is contacted to issue a connection permit.
  • The cost for the connection may be placed on taxes for a period of up to ten years. Fees are added to summer taxes. Accrued interest is charged on outstanding balances. Fees charged to taxes may be paid off by the property owner at any time. (ORD link)
  • Only City crews can perform sewer connection work
  • Cost of road repairs is included in the permit
  • New sewer connections are warrantied for 50 years.
  • Sewer connection permits are valid for one year

The sewer investigation permit is suggested for properties that have sewer connections newer than 50 years old and therefore are still under warranty. Sewer Investigations are issued when a property owner has strong evidence that a warrantied sewer connection has failed due to circumstances not related to the homeowner's use of the service.
Please Observe the following guidelines when planning a Sewer Investigation project:

  • If the investigation determines that the sewer failure is due to a failure of the service not related to homeowner's misuse of the service, then the City will replace the service free of charge.
  • A deposit or payment on taxes is required prior to the City beginning the investigation. The Water / Sewer Maintenance Division determines if charges will assessed based on the findings.
  • Sewer Investigation permits are valid for one year.

The sewer extension permit is required for any new installation, repair or replacement that is done on the private sewer service line from the right-of-way to the house foundation. This permit is applied for in the Engineering Division. Inspection is done by the Water/Sewer Maintenance Division.
Please Observe the following guidelines when planning a Sewer Extension project:

  • If 50 percent of the service is to be replaced, the city mandates that the entire service must be replaced.
  • Permit fee is $45.00
  • Sewer extension permits are valid for 60 days

The right-of-way permit is required for any type of work that is done in the public right-of-way. This includes work done by utility companies, general contractors and citizens. Right-of-way permits may be issued in conjunction with other permits when work involves the public right-of-way.

The right-of-way permit holds the City harmless from claims, damage, expenses and suits of every kind which may arise from operations performed by the permit holder within the right-of-way and also ensures that the right-of-way is restored to prior condition.

Examples of work: removing/replacing/installing a driveway, right-of-way encroachments (permit must be issued by Building Inspections) for parking, sprinklers or other type of permanent structure, installation/repair/replacement of underground utilities. This is not an all-inclusive list.
Please Observe the following guidelines when planning a right-of-way project:

  • While the right-of-way size varies throughout the city. The right-of-way is typically defined as the area from approximately the center of the road to approximately three feet behind the sidewalk.
  • A separate permit will be issued for each right-of-way work is performed on.
  • Additional coordination or permits may be required for projects that impact Michigan Department of Transportation right-of-way. The following is a list of the Michigan Department of Transportation highways.
    • M-46 Gratiot Avenue, Williams & Stephens Streets, Rust Street, Sheridan Avenue & Warren, Holland Avenue
    • M-13 Washington Avenue & Veterans Memorial Parkway
    • M-84 Bay Street
    • M-81 Washington Avenue
    • M-58 State Street & Davenport Avenue
  • Permit fee is $30.00
  • Right-of-way permits are valid for 60 days.

The sidewalk permit is required for the inspection of new installation, repair or replacement of a sidewalk within the public right-of-way.

This permit is applied for in the Engineering Division and inspected by the Engineering Division. Call 989-759-1410 for inspection of forms and grading prior to concrete placement.
Please Observe the following guidelines when planning a sidewalk project:

  • Typical pedestrian sidewalk shall be 4 inches thick. Weight bearing sidewalk shall be 6 inches thick.
  • No wire mesh is allowed
  • Expansion joints are required every 50 feet
  • Ordinance: Title IX, Chapter 96, Section 1
  • (Link to city sidewalk standard for construction - M Denome)
  • Permit fee is $25
  • Sidewalk permits are valid for 60 days.

The barricade permit is required to block any portion of the public right-of-way such as a sidewalk or street. This permit requires that the MMUTCD 2012 standards be implemented to ensure proper barricading, detours or lane drops are followed to ensure safety to pedestrians and vehicle traffic.

This permit is applied for in the Engineering Division and inspection is done by the Engineering Division. Call 989-759-1410 for inspection.
Please Observe the following guidelines when planning a barricade:

  • Additional coordination or permits may be required for projects that impact Michigan Department of Transportation right-of-way. The following is a list of the Michigan Department of Transportation highways.
    • M-46 Gratiot Avenue, Williams & Stephens Streets, Rust Street, Sheridan Avenue & Warren, Holland Avenue
    • M-13 Washington Avenue & Veterans Memorial Parkway
    • M-84 Bay Street
    • M-81 Washington Avenue
    • M-58 State Street & Davenport Avenue
  • A detailed diagram of the barricade shall be submitted at the time of application. If a lane drop is required, a detail drawing for a traffic shift is required as well.
  • 48 hours of advanced notice of construction / barricading is required to coordinate press releases and 911 dispatch notices. Contact the Engineering Division at 759-1410 to provide notice.
  • Permit fee is $25.00
  • Barricade permits are valid for 60 days.

The curb cut starts as an application that is applied for in the Engineering Division and inspected by the Engineering Division. A permit to work on the curb will be issued only if the application is approved by the Engineering Division. No work shall begin prior to receiving notice from the Engineering Division.
Please Observe the following guidelines when planning a curb cut:

  • Curb openings must be mechanically cut, smooth and neat in appearance. No curb breaking shall be allowed.
  • Curb cut permits are required for opening a curb to accommodate an approach, closing a curb to eliminate an approach, or widening or moving the location of an approach.
  • No curb cut shall extend beyond the homeowner's property line
  • No curb cut shall be greater than 45 percent of the property frontage
  • Additional coordination or permits may be required for projects that impact Michigan Department of Transportation right-of-way. The following is a list of the Michigan Department of Transportation highways.
    • M-46 Gratiot Avenue, Williams & Stephens Streets, Rust Street, Sheridan Avenue & Warren, Holland Avenue
    • M-13 Washington Avenue & Veterans Memorial Parkway
    • M-84 Bay Street
    • M-81 Washington Avenue
    • M-58 State Street & Davenport Avenue
  • (See Curb Detail)
  • Permit fee is $25.00
  • Curb cut applications are valid for 60 days.
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