Permit Procedures

The Engineering Division issues permits for all work to be done in the public right-of-way.

The purpose of the permit is to provide a means for controlling the construction and installation of public facilities and to ensure that such construction conforms to applicable standards and specifications. The process also focuses on protecting the health, welfare and safety of the general public. Construction within the public right-of-way (ROW) is under the jurisdiction of the City of Sweetwater Department of Engineering. Public Works permits are used to allow construction work in the public right-of-way. These permits typically require a plan showing the proposed work, as well as fees and surety to ensure the completion of the work


Permit Steps:

  1. Permit Application and project plans submitted with an upfront fee in the amount of $100 payable to the City of Sweetwater. Payment can be made by check, cashier check, money order or credit card.
  2. Once the application is entered in the system an e-mail will be sent notifying you of the Application number.
  3. Permit and Plan Review Process is performed by Engineer. Review comments, if any, will be emailed to email addresses disclosed on the permit application.
  4. Once the permit/plans are approved, an email informing the permit fees will be sent to the email addresses disclosed on the permit application.
  5. Payment of permit fees are satisfied. Payment can be made by check, cashier check, money order or credit card.
  6. Permit is issued. Permit will be issued only if the Contractor has been assigned to the job and registered with the City Building Department.  An electronic copy of the approved permit application approved plans and permit card will be emailed only to the email address disclosed on the permit application.

NOTE: Permit applications that are in the approval process and dormant for 180 days will be deemed not active.  Applicant will have to reapply.


Right of Way permitting,  Telecommunication & Utility companies.

Subject to all applicable provisions of the City, a utility company may perform all necessary work to construct, occupy and maintain its Facilities. The utility must comply at all times with all policies, procedures, and directives of Public Works, Prior to the installation, placement or removal of any conduits, cables, pole or pole lines, facilities, appurtenances or the start of any other type of construction on the City's public rights-of-way, the Utility shall, pursuant to the requirements of existing or subsequently enacted City ordinances, obtain all permits from, and where applicable pay all fees.

All construction and maintenance of the utility's installation within City public rights-of-way incident to utility's provision of service shall regardless of who performs installation and/or construction, be and remain the responsibility of the utility.

The utility's work performance, equipment, and job sites shall be in compliance with all applicable City, County, State, and Federal requirements. The utility's work, while in progress, shall be properly protected at all times with suitable barricades, bags, lights, or other devices as required by the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, FDOT Roadway and Traffic Design Standards and/or any requirements of the Engineering Division to protect all members of the public having occasion to use the portion of the streets involved or adjacent property.

The permittee and/or his contractor is responsible to provide trained individuals who are knowledgeable in the principles of proper Temporary Traffic Control zone the approved TTC plan and are effective in providing reasonably safe conditions for motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians, and workers.

Click here to the City of Sweetwater Construction in the Right of way Ordinance #4391.

Click here to the City of Sweetwater Telecommunications  Ordinance #4479.



The public rights-of-way, including sidewalks, curbs, gutters, and landscaping must be restored to their legally permissible pre-existing condition, including any aesthetic enhancements thereto and any adjacent private property damaged during construction, maintenance or repair, of the Utility's facility within forty-five (45) days of completion of the construction, maintenance or repair.

Construction and/or Reconstruction shall be in accordance with the approved construction plans and with applicable codes, regulations and/or Ordinance of the City and Miami Dade County, the Florida Green Book, FDOT Standard Specifications for Road and Bridge Construction and FDOT Roadway and Traffic Design Standards and the Florida Building Code.

NOTE: Maintenance of the entire road system within Miami-Dade County is performed by several additional government agencies. For example the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)

Click here to access the City Roads Map


Permits are required for (but not limited to) the following activities:

  • Sanitary Sewer Lateral – for construction of a new connection to the sanitary sewer system.
  • Water Service Line – for construction of a new connection to the water mainline.
  • Sanitary Sewer and Water Main Lines – for construction/replacement of a new sanitary sewer and water main lines.
  • Private Utility – for utility facilities constructed in the public right-of-way or utility easements by private companies or franchised utilities.
  • Driveway/Sidewalk – for new driveways (approaches) or sidewalk for single-family, new subdivision, commercial/industrial.
  • Paving and Drainage – for construction of a new stormwater system, private and public roads, parking lots on private property.
    For design criteria and technical specifications refer to Miami Dade County Public Works Manuals.
  • Additions to existing developments that may directly or indirectly affect the adjacent the Right-of-way.
  • Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) Plans – for any maintenance of traffic to be set up in public roads
  • Light Pole Banners
  • Some Traffic Control Devices.
  • Memorial Markers.
  • Street Name Signs.
  • Dumpster enclosure cases for Code Compliance.
  • Construction Management Plan
  • Traffic Calming Devices

Permit Checklist & Conditions

  • Submit on (1) “Engineering & Public Works Permit Application", which must be completely filled up. All signatures must be original & notarized.
  • Submit two (2) detailed plans showing the location and a layout of the proposed work. Plans/Profile sections and details, drawn to scale, with 11”X17”as minimum paper size.   For a driveway permit, please submit a signed and sealed property Survey less than 2 years old.
  • Submit maintenance of traffic (MOT) for vehicular and pedestrian traffic during project.
  • If work is on public or private property submit copy of easement documents or written permission from owner.
  • The person assigned to pick up the permit and plans must present a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver's license, with picture and provide his/her contact information (phone and/or email address).
  • Work may begin only after For Emergency work, an after the fact permit must be submitted to the Public Works Department within five working days after the work is complete.
  • Contractor must register with the City of Sweetwater Building Department before permit is issued. For contractor's information, please call (305) 485-4526 before 3:00pm. All documentation must be updated annually.
  • Hours of construction are from 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. No work shall be performed on Saturdays and Sundays or holidays without prior authorization from the City Administration, except for emergencies.  If the Contractor deemed it necessary to work on weekends and holidays, the Contractor must contact the Public Works Department City at least 72 hours in advance.
  • Inspection are required at least one (1) business day before commencing of work, as well as, before proceeding to the next stage of installation or construction. To schedule an inspection call 305-4555-6585 or email at at least 48 hours in advance. Excavation, sub-base, lime rock base, form, pavement installation and final inspection (including form removal, sod and site cleanup) are required. A progress inspection may be required by the City at the end of every week for site safety maintenance and erosion and sediment control of job sites that are in progress. All Inspections must be approved, including the final inspection upon completion of the project in order to close out the permit.
  • Pre-construction meeting with Public Works, City Engineer may be required by the City. Call 305-455-6585, at least 72 hours in advance to schedule prior to start of construction.
  • If work requires off duty police services, permit owner shall, whenever possible, use officers of the City of Sweetwater Police Department for said off-duty assignments. Approved MOT's which do not require an off duty police officer, may require one during emergencies or when other unexpected circumstances arise, and such requirement will be determined by the City of Sweetwater Police Department  Use of non-Sweetwater law enforcement officers is authorized only on those occasions where the Sweetwater police Department has been unable  to provide services. (Ordinance 3589 Art1, 11-7-2011). Contact Police Department at (305) 552-9900 to request for traffic officer assistance.
  • Notification letters must be delivered to area residents, as required by the City. Submit a copy of the notice to the Public Works Department for review prior to distribution.
  • Call Sunshine One Call at 1-800-432-4770 for locations before digging.
  • Failure to obtain an approved inspection within 180 calendar days will cause this permit to expire and additional fees levied. A permit becomes null and void if work or construction is not commenced within 180 days or is suspended or expires because of lack of progress or abandonment. The Contractor or permittee shall be responsible to keep track of the expiration date and status of their permit.
  • All construction areas must be kept clean, neat and sanitary and be restored to original condition or better. Right-of-ways and neighboring properties shall be kept free from dirt and debris and must be protected from damage by equipment or vehicles.
  • Equipment and materials shall be stored within designated material & equipment storage area and shall not be stored on public right-of-ways.
  • Do not discharge water into right-of-ways or storm drains without prior approval or permits from DERM & City of Sweetwater Public Works.
  • Protect all stormwater catch basins from construction debris, sediments and potential pollutants using City approved Best Management Practices methods. FDEP CGP/NOI permits are required for projects disturbing more than 1 acre in land area.
  • Prevent creation of any obstructions or conditions that may become dangerous to the public.
  • Backfill and temporary asphalt patches must be installed adequately at the end of every workday unless otherwise authorized by the City.
  • Provide where necessary, Maintenance of Traffic (MOT), adequate signs, barricades, warning lights, flagman and/or necessary precautions for prevention of accidents or injuries to person(s) or property resulting from this exercise of the privileges granted under this authorization.
  • Repair promptly any and all damages to public or private property caused by this exercise of the privileges granted under this authorization. Restoration shall be at least equal to the condition existing at the time of the damage or injury or as directed and approved by the City of Sweetwater Public Works Department.
  • This permit is issued pursuant to the City of Sweetwater Right-of-Way City Code. The City does not agree to any language found on the drawings, except as may be required by the Miami Dade County Building Code. This permit does not constitute approval or compliance with the rules, regulations, or requirements of any other jurisdiction, which may relate to the above project.
  • All work must be designed and constructed in accordance with the most current revision of the Miami-Dade County Public Works Manual, Parts 1 & 2, unless otherwise specified or directed by the City to conform to the City of Sweetwater Standard Specifications or FDOT Standard Specifications. All work requires a permit unless specifically exempted by the City.
  • A certified Density or Compaction tests for all pavement sub base and base must be submitted to Public Works Department prior to final pavement installation. A certified copy of the proctor must also be submitted to the City prior to the tests.