Digging/Excavation Permits

Digging-Excavation Permits are required for any person, company or corporation whose activities involve

  • cutting and patching of any City street or public highway or 
  • any digging in or along City-owned rights-of-way. 


Digging/Excavation in the City’s right-of-way, Fees Are Increasing

Starting December 1st, the permit fee for Digging/Excavation in the City’s right-of-way will be increased.

 The Administrative/Inspection Fee is increasing from $75 to $125.

 The City has instituted a street damage charge.  This charge is assessed at $5.00 per square foot of excavation occurring within the paved portions of the public right-of-way or on City property.  An infrastructure damage charge of $2.50 per square foot of excavation will be charged for excavation occurring within the unpaved sidewalk areas of the public right-of-way or on unpaved portions of City property.

 Streets that have been paved within the last five years are considered under moratorium and work on these streets is permissible only under certain circumstances.  If an excavation occurs in a street where the pavement is less than 2 years old, the street damage charge is multiplied by three (3).  If an excavation occurs in a street where the pavement is 2 years to 5 years old, the street damage charge is multiplied by two (2).

 Contact the Department of Public Works at 528-6379 if you have any questions, check the City’s website for the ordinance update.


Before you dig: 

  • Notify the Department of Public Works by calling Dave Keets at 387-9016 and
  • Contact Dig Safe by calling (888)344-7233 or by visiting the Dig Safe website.

(The City of Laconia is not a member of the Dig Safe network. To limit the risk of damaging buried infrastructure, both must be notified).

Good communication and planning is key to any project that involves excavation. Before work can begin, the Dept. of Public Works will need some time to mark out City-owned utilities, and Dig Safe will need some time to allow their representatives to mark out their infrastructure. Keep in mind that Dig Safe numbers expire 30 days after they are issued. 

 

Online Permit Application

 To submit an application online for an excavation permit, click here.