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A public water supply permit is required for water main extensions to the public water distribution system. Permits are issued under the jurisdiction of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).

The permitting process always starts with the City. New residential subdivisions, commercial or industrial development should first contact Development Services. Design firms working on City Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) should contact Utilities.

The City of Cedar Rapids has been granted limited authority (under Iowa Code Section 455B.183) to issue permits on behalf of the IDNR for minor extensions for water mains in new developments that will primarily serve residential subdivisions. For Permits issued by the City of Cedar Rapids, forms listed below and marked [CR] are required to be submitted.

For all other types of water main projects such as public water main extensions in commercial developments, or as part of a City Capital Improvement Project (CIP), the plans and construction application must first be submitted to the City before going to the IDNR. For Permits that are to be sent to the IDNR, forms listed below and marked [DNR] are required to be submitted.

If you are uncertain whether a specific project requires a Water Construction permit or whether an application should be submitted to the City of Cedar Rapids, or directly to the IDNR, you may call the Water Engineering Division at: 319-286-5950.

The standard forms required for construction permit applications may be found on the IDNR website. In general, for applications that are made directly to the City of Cedar Rapids, the following standard IDNR forms are required:

NAME OF FORMFORM NUMBERPREPARE FOR
Water Service Supply Agreement

IDNR 542-3121

[DNR]

Schedule 1a, General Information

IDNR 542-3178

[DNR] / [CR]

Schedule 1, Minor Construction

IDNR 542-3151

[DNR]

Schedule 2a, Water Mains-General

IDNR 542-3030

[DNR] / [CR]

Schedule 2b, Water Mains-Specifications

IDNR 542-3031

[DNR]

 
Permits issued by the City of Cedar Rapids also require the following form: 

NAME OF FORMFORM NUMBERPREPARE FOR
CR Water Permit Checklist & Supplement
 

542-1003-CR

[CR]

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