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.

  • If you are a new contractor or have worked with the City of Framingham before, please reference the insurance requirements
  • Valid Massachusetts Hoisting License
  • 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
  • Submit a Dig Safe Ticket online or call 811. State law requires you to give at least 72 hours notice in Massachusetts. 


    Apply for a permit prior to starting work:

  • Pay the $75 trench opening permit fee

    Accepted Payment Methods:

    • Online: E-check (ACH) or credit/debit cards
    • In-person: Cash or check made out to the City of Framingham

      If you choose to pay online, a nominal convenience fee (2.95% for major credit cards and $0.50 for ACH payments) applies. 

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 Engineering and Transportation Division at 508-532-6010 or DPWpermits@framinghamma.gov

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