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Water Services Information for Developers

Important Notices

NOTICE: In an attempt to streamline our process and help facilitate a speedier review, starting on September 24, 2018 plans that do not include the items listed below will not be accepted for review and will be returned without comment. 

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Transmittal Form

A copy of the MWS Transmittal Form will be required for every submittal (stormwater, water/sewer, and cross-connect) starting September 17, 2018. Please fill out (type) the Development Services Transmittal Form and include with each submittal. 

Minimum Requirements for Submittals

The following items must be included with every new plan submittal. If any of the items listed below are not included with the submittal, the submittal will be returned without review. This is to ensure quality submittals and improve the review process. 


  1. Transmittal Form
  2. Plans Submittal Form
  3. Plans
  4. Project Narrative describing the proposed project and how it functions
  5. Calculations: includes storm infrastructure, water quantity, and water quality (including a copy of the LID waiver, if applicable)
  6. Drainage Maps (storm infrastructure, water quantity, and water quality)

Public Water / Sewer

  1. Transmittal Form
  2. Review Fee Worksheet with fees
  3. Plans
  4. Availability Letter
  5. Project Narrative describing the proposed project and how it functions
  6. Calculations (hydrant flow tests and wastewater)

Walk-in Customers

The review Engineers will no longer be accepting walk-in customers. Please call or email the Engineer in order to schedule an appointment time.

Plan Submittals

NOTICE: Effective immediately, all plan submittals shall include a hard copy and electronic copy.

  • Electronic copies may be submitted through our FTP site.
  • Please visit to set up your personal account for FTP submittals.
  • We will continue to accept plans without electronic copy though August 3, 2018.

NOTICE: Beginning August 6, 2018, plan submittals without electronic submittal will be returned as an incomplete submittal.

This requirement is to facilitate multiple objectives including the elimination of Metro Water Services resources to scan documents, enabling the use of Blue Beam review software and to aid in expediting review periods.

Terminology Guide

Download our helpful terminology guide for definitions and acronyms you may come across during review.

Water and Sewer Review

The following steps are the process, in order, for Water and Sewer Review:

  1. Submit a request for water and sewer availability
  2. Capacity study is performed and a response is sent to the customer outlining capacity fees and requirements
  3. Capacity fees are paid and an availability letter is sent to the customer
  4. Plan review and approval.
  5. Pre-construction meeting is held
  6. Public water and/or sewer extensions constructed
  7. Construction is completed and approved by MWS Inspector.
  8. Run to curbs are completed
  9. Record Drawings are sent and approved by MWS Inspector.
  10. Apply for water and sewer taps
  11. U&O is released once all items are installed correctly and pass final inspection.

Stormwater Review

The following steps are the process, in order, for Stormwater Review:

  1. Plan Submittal
  2. Plan Review and Approval
  3. Pre-Construction Meeting
  4. Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control (EPSC) Installation
  5. Initial EPSC Inspection
  6. Grading Permit Issuance
  7. Routine EPSC and MS4 Inspections
  8. As-Built Submittal
  9. Final Inspection and Approvals

Low Impact Development

The Low Impact Development (LID) Manual is a site design approach that utilizes Green Infrastructure to meet a development site’s post development stormwater runoff water quality requirements. This approach satisfies the new MS4 Permit requirement to infiltrate, evapotranspire, or harvest and use the first inch of rain.

Water Quality Buffers

New development and significant redevelopment sites are required to preserve water quality buffers along Metro’s community waters, which include streams, rivers, springs, lakes, ponds, and wetlands. Please see Metro’s Stormwater Management Manual, Volume 1, Section 6.9 for additional information.

Stormwater Control Measures

Permanent stormwater treatment practices or control measures taken to mitigate changes to both quantity and quality of urban runoff caused through changes to land use from development.