Procedures for Utility Installation and Construction in West Des Moines, Iowa

All private utility work completed within City owned property or easements shall be reviewed and approved by the City of West Des Moines prior to starting any construction. All utility work on City owned property or easements shall comply with Title 7 of the West Des Moines City Code.

Prior to starting any private utility work, a permit application must be submitted through the City of West Des Moines SharePoint site.  To obtain access to the SharePoint site, please contact John Mahoney (john.mahoney@wdm.iowa.gov) or Ryan Siegert (ryan.siegert@wdm.iowa.gov). The SharePoint application will require general information about the project as well as contact information.  Detailed construction plans will be required to be uploaded and shall comply with all requirements detailed below.

 

Proposed Utility Construction Drawing Requirements 

 

 

LOCATES:  Prior to new building construction, information on sanitary and storm sewer locations may be obtained by contacting West Des Moines Public Works at 515-222-3480.

Water information may be obtained from the West Des Moines Water Works, 515-222-3510.

All new and relocated utility lines shall be placed underground, unless approved by the City Engineer.

The utility company is responsible for determining the corridor for lines and appurtenances to avoid potential conflicts with City infrastructure.

Utility work shall follow the West Des Moines Guidelines for Placement of utilities:

 WDM Guidelines for Placement of Utilities

 

The utility company is responsible for determining locations of other utilities and City infrastructure when putting together a proposal for work in the City. It is highly advised that the utility company obtain design locates when putting together their proposal. Contact the City of West Des Moines Public Works Sewer Division (515-222-3480) at least 48 hours prior to starting any utility work for City sanitary and storm sewer locate information.

Utility coring holes for locating shall follow the West Des Moines Utility  Coring and Hydro-Excavating Requirements:

 WDM Utility Coring and Hydro-Excavating Requirements

 

For subdivision and City project related utility work the utility company is responsible for coordinating with the project design engineer.

WDM digital maps are available for use as a base map and to obtain city infrastructure information.  It is noted that WDM digital maps do not include West Des Moines Water Works information.

GIS City Maps

 

City Permits for any excavations, tunneling or necessary street lane closures on public property or easements shall be obtained at least 48 hours prior to starting any utility work. Contact the West Des Moines Development Services Department (515-222-3429) for Excavation Permits. Street/Lane Closure Permits are found in the link below.

Excavation Permit Form must be obtained and completed at the Engineering Services office at City Hall, Suite 2E.  Application and Permit for Street Excavation - Sample

Street/Lane Closure Permit Form is available online, to be completed and faxed to Public Works at 515-222-3478:  City of West Des Moines Street/Lane Closure Form

Utility work in the City shall not start unless the respective utility company proposal has been accepted by the City and the proper lane closure forms and/or excavation permits have been obtained.

It is expected and imperative that the respective utility company and its contractors will provide appropriate notification and coordination with nearby residents, businesses, and property owners prior to any utility work.

Contact Juanita at the City of West Des Moines Development Services (515-222-3429) at least 48 hours prior to starting any utility work within the City.

Immediately upon completion of utility work; backfill, restore, sod, and repair any disturbed areas and damaged items caused by any utility work prior to utility work crews leaving each job site location in accordance to Article 7-1B-9 and Chapter 7-14 of the West Des Moines City Code.

 

Last updated: 05/24/2018


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