Inver Grove Heights, MN

Mike Edwards

Step 1 of 2 - Terms and Conditions

Rules and Regulations for Work on City of Inver Grove Heights Right of Ways and Easements


Utility. Under this order “utility” shall mean and include all privately, publicly or cooperatively owned communication lines and facilities, any systems, lines and facilities for the distribution and transmission of electrical energy, oil, gas, water, sewer, steam and other pipe lines, railways, ditches, flumes or other structures which under the laws of this State or the ordinance of any village or city may be constructed, placed or maintained across, along or on county highway right of way. Dependent upon the meaning intended in the context, “Utility” shall also mean the utility company, inclusive of any wholly owned subsidiary.


I. At least 48 hours prior to the start of work the contractor or Utility will notify in writing all adjacent property owners of the work being performed along with the names and phone numbers of the permittee and contractor.

II. Utility is responsible to restore driveways, sidewalks, planting beds, pet containment systems, and sprinkler systems disturbed by their operation to original condition or better.

III. Except as otherwise permitted, utility construction and relocation on street right of way shall not commence until an application for a Permit has been made and such Permit granted. The Permit sketch shall show the location of the proposed construction work with reference to pertinent features such as street centerline and street right of way line, curb lines, etc.. The proper right of way width should be indicated. This sketch will also indicate length, width and depth of construction and the number of street and driveway crossings. A copy of the sketch shall be provided for each copy of such Permit.

IV. Burning or disking operations and/or the use of chemicals to control or kill trees, brush and other vegetation is prohibited without prior approval from the City Engineer.

V. All waterways and lines of drainage shall remain operative.

VI. Wherever topsoil and sod are disturbed they shall be replaced within 7 days, watered and maintained for one year until the turf is established. Restoration with netted blanketing is prohibited in maintained lawns without City approval. 

VII. The utility facility and installation shall not interfere with any existing utility facilities on the city street right of way.

VIII. When necessary, barricades, warning devices and flagmen shall be provided by the Utility during all phases of their construction and maintenance operations on city right of way. The design and placement of all signs, barricades, and other warning devices shall conform to the current Minnesota Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.

IX. At the time of construction of the utility and at the times of subsequent maintenance, prior approval shall be obtained from the Public Works Department for the cutting and trimming of trees within the City right of way. Wherever trees are cut the resulting stumps shall be removed unless otherwise provided in the Special Provisions of the Permit. Any holes caused by stump removal shall be backfilled, leveled and all materials associated therewith disposed of outside the city right of way. The utility shall advise the Public Works Department at least 72 hours in advance of its intent to start clearing and grubbing operations.

X. The Utility shall notify the Public Works Department of its intent to perform service and maintenance operations which will interfere with the flow of traffic on city streets and shall obtain approval prior to performing such operations. However, the Company may perform service and maintenance operations on city streets including opening and disturbing the surface of the right of way without prior approval in those instances where an emergency exists that is dangerous to the life or safety of the public and which requires immediate repair. The Utility shall take all necessary and reasonable safety measures to protect the traveling public and shall within two business days after the occurrence apply for the necessary permit. A permit is not required if the repair is caused by another permittee’s work in the right of way.

XI. If at any time The City of Inver Grove Heights shall deem if necessary to make any improvements or changes on all or any part of the city right of way, then and in such event, the owner of the utility shall within 15 days after written notice from the City or its authorized agent, proceed to alter, change, vacate or remove said utility from the city right of way so as to conform to said city right of way changes and as directed by the City. Such work shall be done without any cost whatsoever to The City of Inver Grove Heights and shall be completed within the date specified in said written notice. The Utility shall assume all liability and save The City of Inver Grove Heights harmless from any and all claims or damage of any nature whatsoever occasioned by reason of not having removed said utility within the time specified in said notice. If work cannot be completed within the dates specified, a written request for an extension must be made to the Public Works Department.

XII. The Utility and Contractor shall assume all liability for, and save the City, its agents and employees, harmless from, any and all claims for damages, actions or causes of action arising out of the work to be done herein and the continuing uses by the Utility, including but not limited to the placing, constructing, reconstructing, maintaining and using of said utility under this application and Permit.

XIII. The City may require the Utility, or its contractor, to furnish a deposit in the form of a surety bond in favor of The City of Inver Grove Heights, for any expense incurred by the City in the repairing of damage to any portion of the city right of way caused by work performed under a Permit, including any out of the ordinary engineering supervision and inspection expense provided by the city. In those instances wherein a deposit is required, the amount of the deposit shall be specified by the City of Inver Grove Heights.

XIV. The Permit as issued does not in any way imply an easement on public or private property. The permit does not convey any property rights within the right of way to the permittee. If the right of way covered by this permit needs to be used or changed, the city or its assigns may remove, change, or destroy the improvements described in this permit without any obligation to the permittee or its assigns to restore the improvements or pay any damages.

XV. The Installations shall be made in conformity with all applicable laws, regulations and codes covering said installations. All installations shall be made in conformity with regulations of governmental agencies for the protection of the public.

XVI. Upon completion of an Installation, the Utility shall immediately restore the city right of way to its original condition or better. The City Public Works Department shall be notified within 5 working days so that a final inspection can be made to determine its acceptability.


I. There shall be only a single pole line on the city right of Way on either side of the center line thereof.

II. All spoil piles from pole installation shall be removed and disposed of outside the City right of way. If poles or anchors are removed or relocated all remaining holes shall be backfilled and the surface restored.

III. Longitudinal installations on city streets shall normally be located in the outer five feet of the right of way. At crossings of the city street, poles shall be placed at a minimum of fifteen feet from the edge of surface or curb lines of the through roadbeds unless right of way widths are prohibitive to such location.

IV. The location of all brace poles, anchors and anchor poles within the limits of the city right of way shall be approved by the City Public Works Department.

V. In those instances in which a Utility is issued a Permit or Permits for construction on both sides of the city right of way in a given area, such Permit is conditioned upon the Utility subsequently providing joint use to other Utilities upon reasonable terms mutually agreeable to the Utilities.


I. All crossings made in the roadbeds of the city streetsshall be made by boring inside a casing or carrier pipe, by jacking, or by directional boring unless this procedure is modified by the Permit. The auger shall not lead the casing or carrier pipe by more than one inch. The bore pits shall be restricted to the area from 5 feet beyond the edge of the road except as modified in the Permit.

II. When pipes with bells or flanges are installed, the crossings of the city street shall be made by boring inside a conduit as provided in paragraph I of this section or jacking a conduit of sufficient diameter to permit threading the carrier pipe through it.  

III. All voids caused by jacking or boring shall be filled by pressure grouting. The grout material shall consist of a sand-cement slurry of at least two sacks of cement per cubic yard and a minimum of water to assure satisfactory placement.

IV. The underground utilities shall be so installed as virtually to preclude any necessity for disturbing the roadbeds to perform maintenance operations.

V. Underground installations shall be accomplished without damaging or destroying the principal root structure of specimen trees.


Open trenching in roadbeds maybe allowed only after adequate justification. Trenches in roadbeds will not be allowed to remain open overnight. Excavations shall be tamped for compaction, backfilled and restored to MN/DOT specifications using class 5 aggregate equal to or greater quantity than existed. Bituminous surfaced roadways shall be patched with hot mixed bituminous material of equal or greater quality than the existing surface.


1. Prior to removal of any existing turf, all necessary Erosion Control Devices shall be in place. Wherever topsoil and/or sod are disturbed they shall be replaced within a maximum of SEVEN days or in accordance with the NPDES Permit – if applicable, and maintained satisfactorily until the new turf is established. In addition, all work shall be in compliance with local, state and federal regulations. Under no cicumstances shall soil be stockpiled overnight on City street surfaces.

2. Trench excavations in roadway shall be backfilled with a minimum of 18” of Sand or as found and compacted in accordance with the Specified Density Method for compacting embankments, Specification 2105 of Mn/DOT Standard Specifications for Highway Construction, Current Edition.

3. Class 5 base shall be replaced to a minimum depth of 6inches or as found and compacted in accordance with MN/DOT Specification, Current Edition. Compaction shall be by the specified density method.

4. Bituminous surfacing shall be replaced to a minimum depth of 4 inches or as found and installed in accordance with MN/DOT’s combined specification 2350 / 2360 asphalt pavement. Minimum of 2 inches of base and 2 inches of wear course.

5. If it appears that this project will require work within the traveled portion of the roadway or shoulder, the Permittee must submit a traffic management plan along with the permit application. This plan should incorporate whatever signs and/or flagman the Contractor will be required to utilize and the Contractors proposed work operation as it affects traffic on the City Street. This plan must be approved at least 24 hours in advance of any work in the roadway. A minimum of two weeks prior notification is required if a detour is needed. The permittee must also notify and coordinate this work with City of Inver Grove Heights Police and Fire Departments. No lane closures are permitted during rush hour time from: 6:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. without prior approval.