Road Cut Permits

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Because our inspectors spend the majority of their day out in the field, it is always advantageous to call our office prior to coming in for an excavation permit. By calling ahead, we can ensure that an inspector as well as our Transportation Engineer are available to review and sign the permit. Large projects which require additional review may be delivered to our office ahead of time.

Our requirements for obtaining a road cut permit are as follows (these items must be on file with the City before any permits will be issued):

Minimum $10,000.00/1-year excavation bond*

Bond shall be submitted on Sandy City Excavation Bond form. The bond amount required may be increased based on the size of the project or the quantity of permits obtained over the past year by the Permittee (see section E under "Policies" below).Bond and Insurance Companies must have an A.M. Best Rating of at least A- IX.

Certificate of Liability Insurance showing the following limits

  • $4,000,000 Aggregate
  • $3,000,000 Each Occurrence
  • $1,000,000 Auto Liability

Insurance certificates must read as follows: Sandy City, its employees, officers, agents, volunteers and assigns are listed as an additional insureds. (30 days written notice shall be sent to the City upon cancellation, suspension, etc. of the policy).

Utah Contractors License Number (see list of acceptable license categories below)

You can find a copy of Sandy City's bond form above, which will be used to cover any excavations within the City's right-of-way. We believe this form will be convenient to the contractors working in Sandy City as it is a continuous bond and will not require renewal. It will remain in full force and effect for all excavation permits until canceled as per the terms outlined in the bond.

*In addition, we encourage you to bring any plans or drawings associated with the job as well as a proposed traffic control plan and work schedule when you come in for a permit.


Sandy City Excavation Fees for a 30-Day Permit (Effective July 1, 2019)
Concrete or Asphalt Road Surfaces
$240.00 + $0.50/Ln ft
Unpaved Right-of-Way (plus footage charge) $90.00
Sidewalk/Misc Concrete $0.30/Sq ft
Curb/Gutter (No asphalt cut) $0.30/Ln ft
Open Cut/Trench $0.30/Sq ft
Boring Fee (No road cut) $120.00 + $0.60/Ln ft
 30-day Extension beyond 30-day Initial Period (paid up front)
25% Permit Fee
 30-day Renewal or Extension
 50% Permit Fee
Non-notification Fee 2X Permit Fee
Penalty/Failure to Comply/Complete $300.00/day
Road Striping Actual Cost of Striping
Re-Installation of Road Signs Actual Cost of Sign
Utility Marking at a Signalized Intersection $210.00
Fine for Non-compliance in Work Zone $300.00/incident

An inspection must be scheduled with the Inspector 24 hours prior to commencing work, 48 hours if work is scheduled on holidays or weekends.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding Sandy City's excavation permit process, please call Monica Petersen at (801) 568-2960.

Always call 811 before digging!

Standard Specifications

Below is an extract taken from the Sandy City Standard Specifications for Road Cut Permits. You may view the entire section by going to the Standard Specifications link on this site. We recommend you read the entire section prior to obtaining a permit to ensure you are familiar with our requirements. 

Number of Permits Drawn over the Past Three Years Required Bond Amount
1-10 $10,000
11-20 $15,000
21-50 $20,000
51 or greater $25,000

The City may require an additional bond upon determination by the City Engineer that the scope of the work exceeds the minimum bond amount, in which case, the total bond amount will be equal to the scope of the work as estimated by the City Engineer.

The acceptable licenses include:

  1. General Engineering E100
  2. General Building B100
  3. Residential and Small Commercial R100
  4. General Electrical S200
  5. General Plumbing S210
  6. General Concrete S260
  7. General Masonry S290
  8. Excavation and Grading S310
  9. Landscaping S330
  10. Fire Suppression Systems S370
  11. Sewer and Water Pipeline S390
  12. Asphalt Paving S400
  13. Pipeline and Conduit S410
  14. General Fencing and Guardrail S420
  15. Sign Installation S440

Note: The City Engineer will review the license type to ensure it is applicable to the work being performed.

Exceptions: A license shall not be required by the City when the permittee is:

  1. A property owner performing work in an area which abuts only his property of residence and the work does not exceed 500 square feet of drive approach, or 100 linear feet of sidewalk, or installing a sprinkler system.
  2. A Public Utility Company franchised in Sandy City.

F. Policy for Applications for Permits: Any person desiring to perform any work of any kind described in Ordinance #10-36, shall be subject to this specification and shall make application for a permit. Such application shall be filed with the Public Works Department on the form provided by the City. Any work involving installation or alteration of a permanent facility or structure in the public way will require the filing of engineered plans, traffic plans, and specifications showing the proposed work in sufficient detail to permit determination of such relationship and compliance, and the application shall not be deemed approved until such engineered and traffic plans or sketches are filed and approved. The Engineer may deny issuance of permits to contractors, utility companies, or other permit Applicants who have shown by past performance that in the opinion of the Engineer they will not consistently conform to this specification, Sandy City standard specifications, or the requirements of ordinance #10-36. Engineer may also require construction drawings and specifications for any permit application.

G. Policy for Requirement of Traffic Plan: Prior to City issuing a permit, a traffic plan must be submitted by the permittee for review and approval by City traffic personnel. Traffic plan is to be in conformance with current "MUTCD" and approved prior to excavation, construction, or any occupation of the Public right-of-way.

H. Policy for Commencement of Work: It is unlawful for any person to commence work in the public way until the City has approved the application and until a permit has been issued for such work, except as specifically provided to the contrary in this specification. Duration of the permit shall be set at the time of issuance of the permit. If work is not completed in sixty (60) days, the permit will expire. An extension may be applied for and must be issued prior to commencement of any further work.

I. Policy for Assessing Permit Fees: The City shall charge and the Permittee shall pay upon issuance of the permit, fees for costs associated with the work performed under the permit as outlined in the Fee Schedule adopted by the City Council. Such costs could include costs for reviewing the project and issuing the permit, inspections of the project, deterioration of the Public Way, or diminution of the useful life of the Public Way, and other costs to the City associated with the work to be done under the permit. All costs shall be assessed in a non-discriminatory manner.

  1. Engineer may waive permit fees as outlined in section 3.00, K of this specification.
  2. Additional charges to cover the reasonable costs and expenses of any required engineering review, inspection, and work site restoration associated with each undertaking may be charged by the City to each permittee, in addition to the permit fee.

J. Policy for Determining when "Permit Waivers" can be Granted: Working in the public way without a permit violates Ordinance #10-36, unless the permit is waived by the Engineer. Notwithstanding the waivers granted below, all persons working in the public way shall properly protect travelers thereon by compliance to the current Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). A "permit waiver" does not preclude the requirement of a traffic control plan approved by the Engineer when traffic must be routed around or through construction sites. Waivers can be granted by the Engineer when any of the following conditions occur:

  1. When routine maintenance work which is being done by City, State, County or public utility company personnel and work does not involve excavations in the City's public way, i.e., crack sealing, street resurfacing, snow plowing, sanding, salting, sweeping, garbage collection, storm drain cleaning, leaf pick up, above-grade work, street striping etc.
  2. Landscaping and Landscaping Maintenance.
  3. When work involves the installation of a sprinkling system, provided such work does not require the excavation of park strip area in excess of twenty-four (24) inches and provided such work does not result in usage of heavy equipment or cause damage to the public facilities and landscaping in the public way outside of the work area. Heavy equipment in this regulation means any tools other than hand tools and a power trencher as described in landscaping definitions.
  4. When minor adjustment to utility meter, valves, or manholes in the park strip area is required and provided that said adjustment does not result in:
  5. When a permittee allows other contractor or utility companies to perform work in the said permitted trench limits.
  6. When authorized materials are stored in the public way in compliance to the provisions of the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).

K. Policy for Issuing "No Fee" Permits: Engineer reserves the right to issue "no fee" permits for work in the public way. A "no-fee" permit does not preclude the requirement of a traffic control plan approved by the Engineer when traffic must be routed around or through construction sites, nor does the fee waiver preclude notification for inspection forty-eight (48) hours in advance.

Fee waivers may be granted by the Engineer when any of the following conditions occur:

  1. When the City Council formally waives the fee.
  2. When abutting property owners are replacing or repairing any kind of existing public facility such as drive approaches, sidewalk, or any combination thereof.
  3. When a public utility company (not a subcontractor to the public utility company) is doing excavation work, if so stipulated in an existing franchise.
  4. When city personnel are installing, repairing, or maintaining public way facilities and such work requires excavation.
  5. When frames and lids for underground structures in paved areas are raised or lowered.
  6. When development installs new utilities prior to permanent surfacing placement. However, any encroachment into permanent surfacing will not be granted a fee waiver.
  7. When the Engineer determines the work covered by the permit is an obstruction only and will not have a detrimental effect on the existing improvements.
  8. When utility companies are doing excavation work and such is required by a City project and the work is required to be accomplished prior to or during execution of the City contract.
  9. City contractor performing excavation for a Capital Improvement project.

L. Policy for Revoking "Permit Waivers" or "No Fee Permits": "Permit Waivers" and "No Fee Permits" may be revoked by the Engineer if the work is unsafe, defective or requires action or supplemental inspection by the Engineer. Prior to revocation, the Engineer will serve written notice defining the problems encountered and the time the permittee has to correct the problem, except for the case of immediate safety, where a stop work order will be issued by the Engineer. If the work is not satisfactorily corrected, in the time specified, the "permit waiver" will be revoked and the permittee will be required to secure a "Fee Permit" before proceeding with the work.

M. Policy for Completion of Work by City and Liability for Costs: If the work is unduly delayed by the permittee, or if the public interest or safety so demands, the City retains the authority to restore the public way to active use by providing backfill, road base, asphalt paving, concrete, etc. as deemed necessary by the Engineer. The City shall do the work only after written notice has been given to the permittee and the permittee fails to respond to the Engineer's request within the time frame outlined, except when public safety is jeopardized. The time, material, and equipment cost of such work incurred by the City shall be paid by the permittee or his bond.

N. Policy for Extending Permit Construction Time Limits: Subject to Engineer's approval, permits which have expired may be extended up to 30 days from expiration date by submitting to the Engineer acceptable reasoning for the delay. Extending time limits beyond normal working hours requires prior approval by Engineer.

O. Policy When Construction Practices and Material do not Meet City Specifications: If the Engineer determines construction practices and/or materials, i.e., backfill, road base, asphalt and/or concrete, do not meet City specifications, the Engineer may:

  1. Suspend or revoke the permit;
  2. Issue a stop work order;
  3. Order removal and replacement of faulty work;
  4. Require an extended warranty period;
  5. Negotiate a cash settlement to be applied toward future maintenance costs; and/or
  6. Make demand upon the permittee’s bond to correct faulty work.

Note: Settlement of trench backfill, road base, asphalt and/or concrete will be incontrovertible evidence of inadequate compaction of fill material.

P. Policy for Work in the Public Way without a Permit: A stop work order may be issued by the Engineer directed to any person or persons doing or causing any work to be done in the public way without a permit. Any person found to be doing any work in the public way without having obtained a permit, as provided in this specification, shall be required to pay a permit fee as well as penalties outlined in the fee schedule.

Q. Policy for Other Highway Permits: Holders of Permits for work on highways owned or under the jurisdiction of other government entities, but located within the city limits, shall not be required to obtain permits from the City under the provisions of this ordinance, unless the work extends beyond the back side of the curb, or beyond any other designated jurisdictional boundary. Any City permit shall not be construed to permit or allow work on another jurisdiction roadway within the City.


The purpose of this specification is to describe Sandy City Ordinance #10-36 and policies for issuing permits to work in the public way. These permits control excavation and construction operations. It is also implemented to cover special requirements for work in general, maintenance, private construction, and additions to utility systems in the public way. Nothing in this document will be construed as taking precedence over Ordinance #10-36.

  1. Application: All conditions in this specification apply to all construction and maintenance work performed in the public way.
  2. Revisions: This specification is subject to revision. The latest revision will always apply.
  3. For the purpose of this specification, certain words and phrases are defined as in Sandy City Ordinance #10-36 unless it shall be apparent from the context that different meaning is intended.


  1. Policy for Permit Required for Work in the Public Way: It shall be unlawful to: interrupt or alter vehicular and pedestrian traffic, construct, reconstruct, or alter any opening, excavation, tunnel, sidewalk, curb gutter, driveway, street, or to perform any other work of any kind to the public way which will result in physical alteration thereof unless such person shall first have obtained a permit for the performance of such work and said work shall be performed in conformity with the terms and provisions of Sandy City Standard Specifications and Ordinance #10-36 and of the permit or permits issued hereunder, accept as hereinafter specifically provided.
  2. Policy for Permit Required for Occupation of Street with Building Material: It shall be unlawful for any person to occupy or use any portion of a public way for the storage of construction or landscaping material and/or equipment without first making application for and receiving a permit from the City. The permit may set forth such restrictions as required by ordinance or by the Engineer. No fence construction pursuant to these ordinances and no building material shall remain in place in any public way after the ending date of the permit, unless said permit is extended by the Engineer.
  3. Policy for Permit Required for Scaffold, Barricades Over/or in the Public Way: It shall be unlawful for any person to erect, maintain, or use any scaffold, fence or any other temporary structure over or in the public way without first obtaining a permit for that purpose and paying the fee for such permit.
  4. Policy for Permit of Water Service Line Replacement: Replacement of water line service from meter located in the public way requires a permit.
  5. Policy for Required License and Bond: Persons desiring to perform work in the City's public way shall be properly licensed in the State of Utah and post a performance bond on a form provided by the City. The bond amount shall be a minimum of $10,000.00 and shall remain in full force and effect for a period of three years from the date the work is completed. A single bond may be posted by a permittee to guarantee performance for one or more permits if approved by the City Engineer and agreed to, in writing, by the bonding company. The minimum bond amount shall be assessed based on the number of permits issued to each permittee over the past three year period, as per the following chart, subject to the review and approval of the City Engineer: