Trench Opening Permit

Trench Opening PERMIT OVERVIEW - WHEN IS A trench PERMIT REQUIRED? 

A trench opening permit is required for excavations greater than 3 feet in depth with less than 15 feet in width on both public or private property. 

TYPICAL PERMIT ACTIVITIES INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING:

  • Watersewer, drainage connections, disconnections, and/or repairs
  • Private utility installations and repairs by the electric, telephone, gas, or cable companies

WHAT IS NEEDED TO APPLY FOR A Trench OPENING PERMIT: 
 

Reminder: Work within the City's public roadways will also require a Street Opening Permit.

  1. If you are a new contractor or have worked with the City of Framingham before, please reference the insurance requirements
  2. Valid Massachusetts Hoisting License
  3. If you are conducting any water, sewer, or drainage work, you must be a Licensed Drainlayer. Reference the process to become a licensed drainlayer here
  4. Submit a Trench Opening Permit Application (PDF) prior to starting work
  5. Submit a Dig Safe Ticket online or call 811. State law requires you to give at least 72 hours notice in Massachusetts. 
  6. Pay the permit fee, cash, or check made out to the City of Framingham.

FEE:

  • Trench Opening - $75

PROCESSING TIME

The processing time for a trench opening permit is three to five business days.

QUESTIONS

Questions can be directed to the City's Municipal Engineering Program at 508-532-6010 or DPWpermits@framinghamma.gov

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