Pursuant to the authority granted in Section 31-1 of the Novi
Code of Ordinances, the following Rules and Regulations for
Construction and/or Maintenance Within, Over or Below Public Places
are hereby adopted and shall have an effective date of June 20,
A. Any person conducting any construction and/or maintenance
activities within, over or below any street, highway, alley,
parkway, sidewalk, bike path, park or other public place under the
jurisdiction of the City of Novi shall be required as a condition of
being permitted to undertake such activities:
- To operate and maintain the structure covered by the permit at
his own expense.
- To post all necessary bonds and certificates of insurance. To
give notice to the Director of Public Services at least two (2)
working days prior to commencement of operations covered by the
permit. The applicant will be billed for inspection at the rates
in effect at the time of issuance of the permit.
- To save harmless the City against any and all claims for
damages arising from operations covered by the permit and upon
request, furnish proof of insurance coverage or a protective
liability policy naming the City as insured for the term of this
permit for a minimum of $1,000,000.00 personal injury and
$1,000,000.00 property damage for operations covered by this
permit. The amount of required coverage may be reduced by the
Director of Public Services when he or she determines that it is
in the best interests of the City to permit such reduction.
- Surrender the permit applied for; surrender all rights
hereunder; cease operations; and remove, alter, relocate at
applicant’s own expense the facilities for which the permit is
granted whenever ordered to do so by the City because of its need
for the area covered by the permit or because of a default in any
of the conditions of the permit. Upon failure to remove, alter,
relocate or surrender the facilities pursuant to the order of the
City, reimburse the City for its cost in doing same. The City may
utilize the proceeds of any required bond for such purposes.
- Upon request, submit a bond and/or cash escrow, or a certified
check acceptable to the City and conditioned upon performance of
the conditions of the permit and compliance with all requirements
- Permission shall not be construed to grant any rights
whatsoever to any public utilities whatsoever except as to the
consent herein specifically given, or to impair anywise any
existing rights granted in accordance with the constitution or
laws of this State.
- PERMIT – The individual in charge of the work shall have the
permit and the approved plans or sketches in his possession on the
job at all times.
- EXCAVATION AND DISPOSAL of EXCAVATED MATERIAL. The Contractor
and/or Utility Company shall provide and place the necessary
sheeting, shoring and bracing required to prevent caving, loss or
settlement of foundation material supporting the pavement, or any
other highway installation such as sewers, culverts, etc. The
Contractor and/or Utility Co. shall assume the full responsibility
for this protection. Excavated material shall be stocked in such
locations that it does not obstruct vision on the traveled portion
of the highway and in such a manner that it will not interfere
with the flow of traffic. The applicant shall dispose of all
surplus and unsuitable material outside of the limits of the
Right-of-Way unless the permit provides for disposal at approved
locations within the right-of-way. In the latter case , the
material shall be leveled and trimmed in an approved manner.
- BACKFILLING and COMPACTING BACKFILL – All trenches, holes and
pits shall be filled with sound earth, or with granular material
if so required. The approved material shall be placed in
successive layers no more than six (6) inches in depth, loose
measure and compacted to not less than 95% of the maximum unit
weight as determined by the Michigan Department of State Highway
Controlled Density Method. This specification shall be adhered to
unless otherwise specified or authorized by the City Engineer.
Density compaction test reports from an independent laboratory
will be submitted by the applicant to the Engineering Department
to ascertain compaction as specified or as may be required by the
- CROSSING ROADBED by CUTTING GRAVEL and TRENCHING – All
trenches across the roadbed shall be backfilled as specified in
paragraph 9 to within eight (8) inches of the finished road
surface. The top eight (8) inches shall be Aggregate (22A).
- CROSSING ROADBED by TUNNELING or BORING and JACKING – When the
pipe is installed by this method without cutting the existing
pavement, all remaining voids around the installation shall be
filled by a method approved by the City. Pressure grouting shall
be required when deemed necessary. When the traveled portion of a
road is tunneled or bored and jacked, the length of the pipe or
casing used shall be the width of the road plus the shoulder width
projecting a minimum of ten (10) feet from the edge of the
pavement and/or back of curb. Casing shall be required when deemed
necessary. Also when boring and jacking the leading edge of the
pipe or casing used must always precede the Auger.
- CROSSING ROADBED by CUTTING PAVEMENT and TRENCHING – When this
method is approved by the Director of Public Services, the
pavement shall be sawed so that the pavement area to be removed is
a minimum of one (1) foot wider on each side than the maximum
width of the trench. In no case shall the remaining slab width be
less than five (5) feet from the patch to an existing joint. In
rigid pavements, the saw cut shall be full depth; also when
required the patch shall be tied to the existing slab by drilling
hook bolts on 32-inch centers on all exposed faces of the existing
pavement. The hook bolts shall be located at one-half (1/2) the
pavement depth. Backfill shall be placed according to paragraph 9.
The pavement shall be replaced with new pavement of the original
type and quality, with joints to be sealed with an approved
sealant, unless at a season of the year when it is not feasible,
in which case a temporary surface of bituminous material shall be
placed and maintained, and later replaced with pavement of
original type at the applicants expense.
- DEPTH of COVER MATERIAL – Depth of cover for underground
facilities shall be determined at the time of application for a
permit. In no case shall there be less than three (3) feet of
cover between the surface of the traveled portion of the road and
the facility being placed, and not less than three (3) feet below
the flow line of ditches.
- TREE PROTECTION or REMOVAL – Secure written permission of the
abutting property owner when required.
(a) REMOVAL – Dispose of all limbs, logs, stumps and litter in a
manner acceptable to the City Forester.
(b) PROTECTION – Underground facilities that interfere with trees
in the Right-of-way shall be bored one-half (1/2) foot for each
inch of tree diameter in all directions from the base of the tree.
- RESTORATION and FINAL CLEAN-UP – Final Clean-up shall be such
that it will provide a condition equal to or better than the
original condition. Permittee shall be required to take and
provide the City with dated pictures of the area being disturbed
by the permit prior to any such work in order to establish the
original condition. Failure to do so and/or providing insufficient
pictures, permittee will have to restore the area as requested by
the City. Restoration of lawns will be completed when satisfactory
growth results, with no bare spots.
- PROTECTION of ESTABLISHED SURVEY POINTS and DATUM – The permit
holder shall protect, preserve and/or restore at his own expense,
any established survey points and datum within the limits of the
work covered by this permit.
- TRAFFIC and SAFETY – When this permit allows the closing of a
road, or the use of one or more traffic lanes, where construction
is in proximity to the traveled portion of the road, signs,
signals, lights, etc., shall be placed and maintained in
accordance with the most current edition of Michigan Manual of
Uniform Traffic Control Devices. The traffic control called for
shall be minimum and the contractor shall erect and maintain at
his own expense, all signs, signals, etc., for safety as directed
by the City.
- Any operation in the right-of-way not covered by these
specifications shall be done in accordance with the instructions
of the Director of Public Services and/or his designee.
- Full compliance is required with any regulations of the Public
Service Commission and Municipal or State Regulations, and any
other City Ordinances, Policies and Resolutions.
- This Permit shall be null and void, if the Insurance
Certificate expires without renewal, and any bond filed with this
application may be forfeited. In order to resume construction
activities, including restoration, within the right-of-way, the
applicant and/or contractor will have to re-apply for a permit.
The same applies to a Bond that has expired.
- If the Applicant is a homeowner that will do the work
himself/herself, a Bond Waiver form has to be signed by all
property owners abutting the right-of-way activities requested,
and the application review fee, as well as, the requirements for
Bond and Insurance Certificate will be waived.
- It is the responsibility of the party doing work within the
right-of-way to notify every property owner abutting this
applicant of the scope of work and schedule, as well as, give them
a contact name and telephone number for any concerns.
- This permit will be rescinded automatically and bond may be
forfeited should the construction activities differ from those
indicated in the submitted drawings at the time of the
application. Any changes must be approved by the City prior to any