Southgate works with a number of developers, engineers, contractors, and vendors on various types of private development construction projects. Refer to information below on Southgate’s procedures relating to private development.
This section does not apply to Tenant Finish Reviews.
Plan Review Requirements
The Applicant (property owner, developer, or their representative) must apply to Southgate by submitting construction plans to Southgate Engineering for review and approval.
Proposed design shall be in conformance with the Water District Rules & Regulations, Water System Specifications, Sanitation District Rules & Regulations, Sanitary Sewer System Specifications, and drawing requirements.
Southgate’s goal is to review and return comments/questions on all submittals within 1 to 2 weeks.
Southgate will calculate total Review & Observation Fees due during the 1st review.
1st Submittal Requirements
Submittals shall be electronic (PDF) using a file hosting service (such as Dropbox) that does not require an account or login to download submittal items. Submit file links to Engineering.
- Cover Letter
- Letter should include description of development and proposed water and sewer improvements, and contact information for engineer responsible for coordinating review process
- $1,000 deposit, make check out to Southgate Water & Sanitation Districts
- Proposed Water and/or Sewer Improvement Plans
- Cover sheet
- Southgate general notes (use detail sheet)
- Overall site plan
- Plan & Profile sheets (system extension projects only)
- Detail sheets
- For water system extension projects, also include a Water Only plan and Denver Water notes
Subsequent Plan Submittal Requirements
- Cover Letter addressing all comments/questions
- Remaining Review & Observation Fees
- One (1) PDF of the construction plan set
Additional Submittal Items for New Easements
- Easement Legal Description and Exhibit
- Evidence of Title
Denver Water Review
Projects including water system extensions and water service lines 3" and larger require a Denver Water review. Once Southgate is satisfied with the construction plans, Southgate will issue a Conditional Letter of Approval (CLA). After the Applicant returns a signed CLA, the Applicant may submit the conditionally approved plans, along with the CLA, to Denver Water for their respective review.
Southgate Final Approval Requirements
- Recorded Easement Agreements, if applicable
- Executed Improvements Agreements, if applicable
- Review & Observation Fees paid in full
- For sewer projects, conditionally approved construction plans
- Submit final PDF for final approval
- For water projects, Denver Water approved plans
- Submit final PDF for final approval
Construction may only begin after the pre-construction meeting is held. Should the start of construction be delayed and extend to more than a month after the pre-construction meeting is held, Southgate may require a subsequent meeting prior to construction starting.
Southgate will designate a representative for construction observation – this representative will be the Point of Contact for construction-related coordination and issues.
The Applicant is responsible for constructing the system facilities per the approved plans. Any deviations from the approved plans require prior written approval from Southgate.
Construction water is available by purchasing a hydrant-use permit.
The property owner is not authorized to use water or discharge sewer until after Southgate has approved your service connection license application. Service connection license applications will be approved after Certificate of Project Acceptance has been issued and payment received; however, Southgate will approve Stub-ins after main line testing is complete and before Project Acceptance. Stub-ins permit the contractor to install the service line from the main to the edge of ROW/easement in order to accommodate paving. No physical connections between the stub and the served premises are permitted until after the system connection charges have been paid and licenses approved by Southgate, Denver Water (water), and the City of Englewood (sewer).
The penalty for an unauthorized service connection is two times the system connection charge (tap fee).
Project AcceptanceFor system extension projects and fire hydrant installations, a Certificate of Acceptance will be issued to the Property Owner/Developer after completion of the following requirements:
- For water system extension projects: passing hydrostatic, chlorine and clear water tests and applicable test results submitted to Southgate
- For sewer system extension projects: passing low pressure and deflection tests, and video inspection results submitted to Southgate
- Post-construction punchlist items addressed to the satisfaction of Southgate (coordinate your post-construction walk-through with your inspector)
- 1st lift of paving complete
- Final Record Drawings submitted to Southgate (refer to Record Drawing requirements)
- Address plat, if applicable, submitted to Southgate
- Warranty funds submitted to Southgate (check or Letter of Credit for 10% of construction costs or $1,000, whichever is greater)
Water & Sewer Service
Southgate will not approve water and sewer service purchases until after you receive your Certificate of Acceptance.
Procedures for applying for your water or sewer service can be found under Service Connection Authorization (Tap Sales).
The date of the executed Certificate of Acceptance represents the beginning the of Warranty Period.
During the Warranty Period, the Owner/Developer warrants to Southgate that the lines and facilities, as installed, against faulty workmanship and materials for a minimum period of 12 months. The Owner/Developer will be responsible for all cost and expense to cure, repair or replace any part(s) of the constructed lines or facilities if Southgate determines they were not constructed in conformity with Southgate Rules & Regulations, approved plans, construction notes or specifications or that Southgate determines to be defective, of poor or un-workmanlike quality, or are not performing to Southgate standards for any other reason.
Release of Security and Warranty
Before releasing the project from Warranty, Southgate will perform an end-of-warranty walk-through and identify any punchlist items in need of repair or replacement. The Owner/Developer will be responsible for addressing the punchlist to the satisfaction of Southgate.
After a minimum of 12 months under Warranty and a clean punchlist, Southgate will release the project from security and warranty. Any unused warranty funds will be returned to the Owner/Developer.