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Development and Utility Connections

Utility Availability
(New Water/Sewer Service Connection or Change-of-Use)

An Availability Request Form must be submitted to Public Works to receive utility information, fees, etc. This information will not be provided verbally. (Submitting a request neither guarantees service nor commits any further action. It is merely an inquiry for any property or project.) Applicants receive an official, written determination for a specific property that states water and/or sewer availability, connection charges, important information, and further instructions.

Before requesting availability, please check this map to verify that the property is within the City's Utility Service Area.

Additional information related to utility connections and fees can be found here under the "Utility Connections" section.

Regarding utility connections for commercial, institutional and subdivision projects, City crews typically do not perform this type of work. For all projects, the City reserves the right to assess the scope in terms of difficulty, design and permitting, equipment, personnel and workload, and determine if City resources will be utilized for the work (or some portion thereof). If the developer is responsible for utility work (determined through the Availability Request process), then civil engineering plans, review and approval by Public Works will be required, and a Florida licensed and bonded underground utility contractor must perform the work to City specifications at developer’s cost.

Right-of-Way Permits
The City of St. Augustine requires a Right-of-Way Use Permit for any work performed within or affecting the City’s rights-of-way. This work includes, but is not limited to construction, access to and/or special use of the right-of-way for such purposes as parking, exterior building work, curb cuts, sidewalk work, driveway addition or modification, utility work, street signs, paving, striping, landscaping, irrigation and handicap ramps.

Right-of-Way Permit Application forms can be found here under the "Right-of-Way Permits" section.

Development & Construction - Permits Required
For commercial, institutional and subdivision projects, a permit application and complete set of construction plans meeting City requirements is required to be submitted directly to the Public Works Department for review of the following improvements. Public Works approval is required prior to a building permit being issued. Public Works acceptance of construction work is required prior to a certificate of occupancy being issued.
 
A Florida licensed professional who is qualified by State law to perform the design work must sign and seal the plans prior to submittal to Public Works.
 
Permits Required for Projects Inside City Limits:
  -  Water/sewer utility connections, improvements, modifications or extensions
  -  Clearing, grading, stormwater drainage and all other site work
  -  Site development or re-development projects
  -  Building additions (permit requirements determined on a case-by-case basis)
  -  Parking lots – new, additions or modifications
  -  Any modifications or improvements to City rights-of-way
Permits Required for Projects in City Utility Service Area, but Outside City limits:
  -  Water/sewer utility connections, improvements, modifications or extensions
  -  Any work around, over or affecting existing City utilities
 
Requirements for Initial Submittal:
For projects Inside City Limits:
  -  City application form, completed and signed (original signatures required)
  -  Application review fee (contact Public Works to receive fee determination)
  -  Three (3) signed & sealed hard copies of complete construction plan set to scale
  -  One (1) signed & sealed hard copy of stormwater calculations (if applicable)
  -  One (1) signed & sealed hard copy of pump station calculations (if applicable)
  -  One (1) signed & sealed hard copy of hydraulic calculations for domestic and fire protection water systems (if applicable)
  -  CD containing Adobe PDF files of entire submittal package, including application form
For projects in City Utility Service Area, but Outside City limits:
  -  City application form, completed and signed (original signatures required)
  -  Application review fee (contact Public Works to receive fee determination)
  -  Two (2) signed & sealed hard copies of complete construction plan set to scale
  -  One (1) signed & sealed hard copy of pump station calculations (if applicable)
  -  One (1) signed & sealed hard copy of hydraulic calculations for domestic and fire protection water systems (if applicable)
  -  CD containing Adobe PDF files of entire submittal package, including application form

Pre-Application Meeting
One 30-minute, no-fee, pre-application meeting with Public Works staff may be scheduled by developer’s professional consultant. Email the meeting request along with an Adobe PDF file of preliminary design plans minimum one week in advance of desired meeting date to: PWPermits@citystaug.com.

Review Process
City Public Works follows a standard 30-day review period. Special consideration may be given on a case-by-case basis for follow-up submittals and minor projects, staff workload permitting.

Forms and Applications
For additional information such as Permit Fee Schedule, Application Form, Design Manual and Details, please click here and see the "Construction – Applications and Forms" and "Design Policies" sections.