Process & Fees

Limited Development Review

A new wooden, timber deck being constructed. it is partially completed. two drill can be seen on the decking.

Limited Development Review is required for minor development activities that do not require Site Development Review, such as:

  • Deck additions
  • Retaining walls
  • Additions to residential dwellings
  • Detached accessory structures
  • Replacement dwellings
  • New single-family dwellings
  • Sanitary or storm laterals: new, repair, replacement, or disconnection
  • Grading, excavation, or clearing that disturbs more than 500 square feet, but less than one acre
  • Demolition of structures
  • Additions on commercial properties that are less than 1,000 square feet

Purpose of Limited Development Review

  • To conduct an Environmental Review.
  • To determine if the proposed project will affect public sanitary and stormwater pipes or easements benefiting Clean Water Services. Structures, including overhangs, must remain a minimum of 7.5 feet from the centerline of the pipe.
  • To determine if the project will need to treat or manage stormwater runoff.
  • To determine if the project requires one or more of the following permits:
    • Stormwater Inspection Permit
    • Erosion Control Inspection Permit
    • Line Tap Inspection Permit
    • Disconnection Inspection Permit
    • Connection Permit (System Development Charges for sanitary or surface water management)

Submittal Requirements

  1. Sensitive Area Prescreening Site Assessment Form (or Sensitive Area Certification Form if applicable, refer to Environmental Review)
  2. Site plan, to scale, that shows:

Review Period

This review is conducted at the same time as the Environmental Review and has a five-business day review period.


The proposed project should avoid impacting any existing easement on a property. Only with CWS staff approval may a permanent structure be placed on or above a sanitary sewer or storm and surface water management easement. An approved encroachment must not limit CWS access to the facility for maintenance and repair. Approval is required for buildings and elevated structures such as decks and overhangs. To apply, submit a request with information about the size and reason for the encroachment with the Encroachment Agreement Fee.


Applicable plan review and permit fees are due at the end of the review. The following fees are charged, as applicable:

  • Connection and Inspection Permit Fees
  • Stormwater Review Fee: Required for projects that create or modify 1,000 square feet or greater of impervious surfaces (such as roofs and driveways)
  • Private Stormwater Facilities Agreement Recording Fee: Required when water quality treatment is provided onsite

Current fee amounts are listed in FY 2023-24 Rates and Charges (PDF), At a Glance (PDF), and Review and Inspection Fees.


CWS Technical Services