Water and Sewer Project Inspection and Acceptance Requirements

Garner, Knightdale, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Wendell & Zebulon

Last updated Jul. 19, 2019 - 3:34 pm

The City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department inspects and issues acceptance of public water and sewer infrastructure installed as part of development projects in Garner, Knightdale, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Wendell and Zebulon. Utility stub connections and permit required private sewer installations in these towns are also inspected and accepted through this service. Please note: The City of Raleigh Development Services Department manages these utility inspections services in Raleigh.

Project Acceptance Requirements for Water and Sewer Installations

General Acceptance occurs when the project has met City standards and City specifications. In Garner, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Knightdale, Wendell and Zebulon, the developer or their representative must contact an appropriate Public Utilities Inspector for scheduling inspection(s). In Raleigh, the developer or their representative must notify the Development Services Department. Once the project is completed, a project walk-through inspection is scheduled and punch list generated noting any deficient items. Upon the repair and/or replacement of the deficient items, an inspection is scheduled noting any deficient items. Upon the repair and/or replacement of the deficient items, the developer or their representative shall submit the following items to the City's Public Utilities Department:

  • A professional engineer's certified statement indicating that the work has been built in accordance with the City approved set of construction plans;
  • A Release of Liens document signed and notarized from the developer stating that all materials and workmanship associated with the water, reuse water, or sewer mains have been paid in full;
  • Certified surveyed "As-Built" plans and profile shall be furnished by the certifying engineer upon completion and acceptance by the City as stated above;
  • The developer is responsible for ensuring a one-year written operational warranty to the City prior to issuance of the Letter of Acceptance;
  • The developer and/or engineer shall provide a recorded map to the City of Raleigh showing all public rights-of-way and easements;
  • The engineer shall keep a preserved copy of the "As-Built" plans on file indefinitely.

For development projects in the merger towns, as-builts and supporting project acceptance documentation must be submitted directly to the inspector or mailed to their attention at the following address:

City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department - Inspections
3324 Lake Woodard Drive, Raleigh, NC 27610

Additional Information Regarding Acceptance Documentation

As-Built Drawings

SEALED AS-BUILT PLANS
Certified surveyed "As-built" plans and profiles, sealed by a Professional Land Surveyor, shall be furnished to the Public Utilities Department by the Engineer upon completion and acceptance of the public main by the City and completion of the private systems. Reference the Public Utilities Handbook for additional information.

Developer's Acceptance Checklist
Includes detailed information on as-built drawing requirements.

To Schedule an Inspection:
Complete and submit the Development Contractor Inspection Request Form

Required Hard Copies

  1. Final As-Built Plans - Paper Set
  2. Final As-Built Plans - Mylar Set

Required Digital Copies

  1. Digital PDF File As-Built
  2. Digital CAD File As-Built
  3. Data file denoting the GPS coordinates (table of values)
  4. Installed per plans statement
  5. Cost of Utilities (pipe size/type/footage)
  6. The release of liens document signed and notarized
  7. Recorded Plat
  8. Warranty Letter
Notes on Project Phasing: Acceptance occurs after water and sewer infrastructure in an approved phase is installed, inspected/tested and the required supporting documentation has been received. Phases of construction must extend from and/or connect to existing (or concurrently accepted) infrastructure to be considered for acceptance. Acceptance boundaries are defined by the limits identified in the CORPUD approved utility phasing plan(s). Acceptance of sub-phases, partially completed phases, or other variations of approved phasing plans will not be considered without CORPUD phasing plan revision approvals.

Additional information can be found in the Public Utilities Handbook.

Project Inspection Requests for Water and Sewer Installations

To Schedule an Inspection:
     Complete and submit the Development Contractor Inspection Request Form

Or

     Within Raleigh Call the Development Services Department 919-996-2500

     For Garner, Knightdale, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Wendell & Zebulon Call 919-996-3245;
          Select option 3 - (Construction Projects), then Select option 1 - (Non-Raleigh Property)

The following information is required when scheduling an inspection:

  • Project information (name, address and Town)
  • Contractor contact information (name, phone, email)
  • Type of inspection required (water/sewer, service, main, line test, etc.)
  • Date inspection is to be performed
  • Telephone requests must be made at least one day in advance before 5:00 pm
  • An inspector will contact you on the requested inspection date to coordinate an inspection time.
Water Inspection Services
  • Line tapping (TS&V install, testing)
  • Poly Pig installation
  • Main line installation
  • Backfill operations
  • Utility crossings and/or conflicts (minimum 24” separation required)
  • Fitting & valve installations
  • Thrust restraint (Blocking/Rodding)
  • Fire hydrant assemblies
  • Blow-off assemblies
  • Poly Pig / line flushing activities
  • Main line testing
  • Hydrostatic pressure testing
  • Line chlorination & flushing
  • Bacteriological sampling
  • Stub Permit/Service line install (main to meter / Right-of-Way)
  • Irrigation Service lines and splits
  • Water meter and vault assemblies
  • Fire protection connections
  • Bore & Jack install (Includes casing welds & carrier pipe supports)
  • Main and service line abandonment
  • Grade adjustments and other surface restoration items
  • Final project walk-through (reference checklist and Public Utilities Handbook for acceptance requirements)
Sewer Inspection Services
  • Connections to existing mains and manholes
  • Plug installation and removal (Permit Required)
  • Main line installation (elevation and slope verification)
  • Backfill operations
  • Sewer bypassing activities (setup, testing and operation)
  • Bedding/backfill observation
  • Utility crossings/conflicts (<24” sep.)
  • Manhole install and/or rehabilitation
  • Stub Permits / Service line install (main to Right-of-Way)
  • Bore & jack and aerial installations (Including welds & pipe supports)
  • Force main installations (see water line inspection services)
  • Tracer wire installation
  • Main line testing
  • Low pressure air test
  • Manhole vacuum testing
  • Deflection testing (Mandrel)
  • Main and service line abandonments
  • Grade adjustments and other surface restoration items
  • Final project walk-through (reference checklist and Public Utilities Handbook for acceptance requirements)
ADDITIONAL SERVICE & INFORMATION
  • Pre-Construction Meetings
  • Field changes / approvals
  • Final Project Walk-through and utility acceptance (reference: project closeout checklist)
  • Trenchless Tech Pipe Installation(s) (CIPP, Pipe Burst, etc.)
  • Reinspection fees may apply if installations are not ready for inspection at the agreed upon time
  • Private sewer mains serving multiple dwellings may require CORPUD permitting and inspections.
  • Stub permits can be obtained in Merger Towns. The associated work requires CORPUD Inspection.
  • For water valve operations Call 919-996-3245, or Email: WDServiceRequest@Raleighnc.gov
    (72 hr. advanced notification required)
  • Construction blasting requires appropriate permits from corresponding Merger Town authorities. Contact the Merger Town Fire Department for additional information.
  • Utility Inspections inside Raleigh City limits are performed by the City of Raleigh Engineering Services Department; or call 919-996-2500.
  • This list in not intended to be all inclusive. Additional inspections may be required based on site observations. Please direct questions or concerns to the Inspector.

Additional information can be found in the City of Raleigh Public Utilities Handbook.

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