DPW Permits FAQs

Why do I need a street opening permit to repave my driveway or to fix my sewer?

Obtaining a street opening permit is necessary for several reasons. Any time work is done within the City’s Right of Way, the City needs to ensure that all work is done per our specifications. The permit also notifies us that you are having work done that needs to be inspected by us to ensure your contractor has installed the material properly, and that you have not been taken advantage of. This is for your protection to ensure the job has been completed correctly.

Who is responsible for obtaining the permit and what are the requirements?

The permit must be obtained by the contractor performing the work, not the property owner. The contractor must supply an insurance certificate, naming the City as additionally insured. A permit bond in the amount of $10,000 valid for two years is also required. Permit applications must be filled out at the DPW office.

How long does it take for a permit to be issued?

Please allow up to 5 to 7 days for permit processing. As part of the review, the permit application is routed to the City Treasurer Department for sign-off. If there are liens against the property, the City Treasurer will not sign-off on the permit application.

How do I get a dumpster permit?

Dumpsters or PODS must be placed in a driveway so that they do not overhang the sidewalk. No permit is required for a dumpster placed in a driveway. In an extenuating circumstance in which a dumpster cannot fit in a driveway, The City may issue permits for dumpsters/PODS to be placed in the street for a 24-hour period. Please call us at 617-972-6420 menu option #4 if you have questions.