The constant goal of the Engineering Division is to provide the Savage community with the most durable, functional and efficient infrastructure and services possible. If you have any questions or would like assistance from the Engineering staff, please call 952-882-2671.
The Engineering Division conducts the administration of all City public works projects ordered by the City Council. The department oversees the design, construction and administration of sanitary sewer, watermain, storm sewer, and roadways.
Staff ensures the projects meet the City design standards and current engineering criteria and provides technical assistance to the City Council, City staff, and the general public.
The Engineering Division's primary responsibilities:
- Administering the storm sewer utility and permitting compliance with state agencies.
- Maintaining an inventory of the City's existing infrastructure as well as long-range planning for improvements to those systems.
- Reviewing and processing building permits and grading and erosion control plans for new building construction.
- Responding to the public or City Council regarding potential problems with drainage, streets, sidewalk or infrastructure.
- The efficient and effective incorporation of engineering consultants for various City projects.
- Administering the Municipal State Aid System and ensuring map updates and reports are submitted in a timely fashion.
- Property acquisition and easement negotiations.
- Preparing monthly and annual reports, budgets, equipment plans, and Capital Improvement Programs.
- Ongoing training including the review of technical material, new products and new technology.
- Expanding the use and implementation of the computer system and computer-aided drafting.
- Assistance to other departments in preparing graphics or drawings and responding to requests for information.
- Assistance in updating the City of Savage Comprehensive Plan for submittal to the Metropolitan Council.
- Review and comment to the Planning Commission and City Council on plats, variances, zoning issues, conditional use permits, etc.
- Review private development plans and make recommendations to the Planning Commission and City Council on development proposals.
- Administering the Traffic Safety Committee, which reviews and makes recommendations on traffic issues.
- Work with Scott County and state officials and adjoining communities on regional transportation projects.
Standard Specifications and Detail Plates - March 2015
Does the City survey lots?
The City does not have a surveyor on staff and cannot survey property; a land surveyor registered with the State of Minnesota is required. The city has some certificate of surveys on file from original construction. Please check with the Building Inspections Department to see if the original survey is on file for your property.
How do I get my escrow released?
Once the as-built survey, sod and trees have been approved, the escrow will be released to whomever paid the escrow to the City. If you are not sure of the status of your as-built, please call your builder.
Is my neighbor allowed to direct their sump pump discharge pipe towards my property?
A drainage easement runs along a line between your property and your neighbor's property. As long as the pipe does not cross the property line, your neighbor is allowed to direct the discharge in that direction. You may want to work with your neighbor to move the pipe around in different places to change the location of discharge from time to time.
What is an "as-built survey" and why does the City need one?
An as-built survey is a survey that the builder submits after the rough grade is completed on a lot. It is reviewed to ensure that the City's minimum grading requirements are met and that the property conforms to the adjacent properties.
The as-built survey must be approved before any further work may be done on the property. Check with your builder to make sure an as-built survey has been submitted to the City for approval. Sod, irrigation systems, and landscape materials may not be installed until the as-built survey is approved. This typically takes two weeks from the time it is submitted to the City.
What kind of Maps are available from the City?
A variety of city maps are located on the city website and are available at city hall.
When can I lay sod?
Sod may be laid after the City approves the as-built survey. This typically takes two weeks from the time the as-built is submitted to the City. Check with your builder to make sure an as-built survey has been submitted to the City for approval.
When can I put a sprinkler system in?
Check with your builder to make sure an as-built survey has been submitted to the City for approval. You can install a sprinkler system after the as-built survey has been approved by the City's grading inspector, and you have received a building permit from the Building Inspections Department.
Where do I pay for Right-Of-Way (ROW) Permits?
You can pay for your ROW Permit online.
Who comes out and inspects my lot for proper grading?
The majority of as-built surveys are reviewed in the office only. However, if there is an area of concern, an inspector may visit the property.
Why are there paint markings or flags in my yard? What do they mean?
These markings or flags indicate where excavation will occur. Contact Gopher State One Call (GSOC) at 651-454-0002 before starting any excavation project. Whether the project is large or small, if you are using machine-powered equipment or just a shovel and rake to plant a garden, get your work area marked. Contacting GSOC in advance helps you and your loved ones dig safely while avoiding costly damages to underground facilities. For more information about types of tickets and ticket response codes, please go to our ticketing page.
- White: Area of proposed excavation
- Pink: Temporary survey markings
- Red: Electric
- Yellow: Gas, oil, steam, propane
- Orange: Communication, CATV, fiber
- Blue: Water
- Purple: Reclaimed water, irrigation
- Green: Sewer