Private Sewers / Drains
DEP approves, oversees, and inspects the construction of private sewers and private drains to ensure compliance with DEP standards. This section includes requirements, application forms and guidelines for the construction of private sewers and private drains. This information is applicable to property owners, Professional Engineers and Registered Architects.
Filing Engineer’s Checklist for the Submission of Private Sewer/Drain Plans
This checklist outlines requirements for the preparation of a Private Sewer/Drain Plan, which is required when proposing to construct a private sewer or private drain. All Private Sewer/Drain Plans must be prepared by or under the supervision of a Professional Engineer or Registered Architect licensed by the State of New York. Approval of a Private Sewer/Drain Plan is required prior to applying for a permit to build a private sewer/drain.
Checklist: Items for Pre-Construction Meeting for Private Sewer/Drain
A pre-construction meeting is required after the Private Sewer/Drain Plan has been approved and before construction can begin. Pre-construction meetings must be scheduled at least 15 days prior to initiating construction. The items in the attached checklist must be brought to the pre-construction meeting.
Application for Permit to Build a Private Sewer/Drain
Once a Private Sewer/Drain Plan has been approved, this form must be used by the owner of the proposed private sewer/drain to obtain a permit to build a private sewer/drain. The form must be brought to the pre-construction meeting for review and signature by DEP (see Checklist: Items for Pre-Construction Meeting for Private Sewer/Drain above). Afterwards, the form must be submitted to the DEP Borough Water and Sewer Office to obtain permit approval. The following documentation must be provided at the time of permit application:
- Original Private/Sewer Drain Plans approved by DEP
- Contract/agreement between the property owner and the contractor who will perform the job
- Contract/agreement between the property owner and the consultant who will oversee the job
- Itemized price list and quantity of materials
- Original performance bond
- Original liability Insurance Certificate
- Permit Application signed by DEP