The Department of Public Works provides planning, design, supervision, engineering, construction management, mapping, and land surveying services. The safety of residents and employees is the primary focus of permitting and inspections.
Are You Doing Any Sanitary Sewer Work?
- Any work done on a sanitary sewer lateral outside of the building requires a Sanitary Sewer Permit ($125) and a scheduled inspection by Borough Engineering staff.
- If work extends into the grass plot, street, or alley, then a Street Excavation Permit ($150) is also required.
- In addition, a bond (or surety) and proof of insurance for street restoration may be needed.
Are You Doing Work that Requires a Street Excavation Permit?
- Any underground utility work in the street, grass plot, or alley.
- Plantings other than grass in the grass plot; approval from the Borough Arborist and a Tree Permit (no fee) is required.
- Driveway entrance work; Engineer approval is required.
- Click here for the Application for Street Excavation.
What is a Street Occupancy Permit?
The fee for an Occupancy Permit is $60. This permit is required any time the street or grass plot is occupied in order to unload equipment or materials or to store equipment or materials for a short period of time. Please use the Application for Street Excavation (link provided above) to apply for this permit.
Contact the Public Works Department with any questions at 814-234-7140 or by e-mail.
Pennsylvania One Call System: Call Before You Dig
Responsibilities of a Homeowner
As a homeowner you are required to inform the utilities of any type of work involving the movement of earth with powered equipment. The person who is doing the digging should place the one call notification. If you are the homeowner and you have hired an excavator to do the work, the excavator is required by law to call to have the utility lines located by the facility owners. For more information, be sure to visit the Pennsylvania 811 website.
How Do I Place a Call?
If you are planning to dig, you will need to have the underground lines marked. Designing a project? No matter how big or small, you need to know the location of the underground lines. To place a dig notification simply call the number listed below:
Dial 8-1-1 or 1-800-242-1776 (outside PA)
The call center is open 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year.
Simply wait for the lines to be marked before excavating. State law requires a three (3) business day notice (does not include state holidays or weekends). A business day begins at 12:00:00 a.m. and ends at 11:59:59 p.m.
What is a Facility Owner?
The Borough is one of 12 facility owners who operate in State College Borough. As a facility owner, we are required to mark the lines within 3 business days of receiving notice from the Pennsylvania One Call System.