Engineering Responsibilities

  • Drainage problems associated with new development or new street construction
  • Erosion associated with new developments
  • All other drainage issues should be directed to the Public Works Department

Subdivision Construction

The Engineering Inspector will hold the developer responsible for drainage issues during the construction of subdivisions and for two years after the subdivision has been accepted into City’s maintenance. The City is responsible for the infrastructure and major drainage features after the two-year warranty period, but not drainage on individual lots unless a major drainage feature is no longer functioning properly.

House Construction Before the Issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy

The City Inspector will hold the home builder responsible for the individual lot drainage during the construction of the house and before the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy (C.O.).

Once the C.O. is issued and the homeowner occupies the home, anything done to alter his/her property in a way that adversely affects the homeowner or neighboring homeowners is the responsibilty of the homeowner. The homeowner is responsible for his/her own actions and it becomes a civil issue between the affected homeowners. The homeowner is responsible for maintaining his/her property in a way that meets the City’s property maintenance code.

Other Drainage Issues

Some issues are more complex and the determination will be made on a case by case basis. Examples include:

  • The installation of fences
  • Grading of lots that alters the drainage to better fit a fence onto the property
  • Any landscaping that alters the drainage in a way that causes adverse conditions
  • The filling of ditches or swales or destruction of berms installed for drainage purposes