To perform any excavation on public or private property in the City of Framingham, it is required that you become licensed. The person taking the exam must be insured and possess a Hoisting Engineer's License with the proper restrictions. The exam can be taken at the Public Works Office in Room 213 at City Hall located at 150 Concord Street. The exam fee is $50 and the renewal fee is $25. Within 3-5 business days you will receive your results via telephone or mail.
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The link below will provide you with directions to the Public Works Facility located at 100 Western Avenue. All internet and GPS mapping methods have been found to provide incorrect directions to our facility. We hope this will be more helpful.
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When you are preparing to demolish a property you will need to prepare all utilities for discontinuation of service. The Public Works utilities you must discontinue are the water and sewer services. To get started, the property owner or contractor can pay the Water Turn-off Fee at the Public Works Office in City Hall, room 213, located at 150 Concord St. If this is not paid in advance then a service bill will be sent to the property owner. Your receipt will be faxed to the Water Operations Center, and you can then call 508-532-6050 to set up your appointment. The Water Technician will shut off the water from the outside valve and remove the meter. The read on the meter removed will be reported to the Utility Billing office. It is then up to the property owner to hire a licensed contractor to cut and cap the Water and Sewer services, and schedule a utility inspection with the Engineering Division to meet part of the conditions for acquiring a demolition permit by the Building and Wire Department. Link to the Building & Wire Department:
The following instructions are for property owners to use when they would like to report a claim against the City:
A sinkhole can be caused by many different reasons, so knowing which Department in Public Works to call may not be possible. If you are not sure you may call any of the following Departments to report the sinkhole. Some examples of specific Department related sinkholes are: 1. Highway Department 508-532-6030 - Potholes, or sinkholes around drainage fixtures (catch basins, storm drains). 2. Water Department - 508-532-6050 - Sinkholes around hydrants, water gate covers, or in areas where water work has taken place. 3. Sewer Department - 508-532-6060 - sinkholes around manhole covers, or in areas where sewer work has taken place.