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Who is the contact for general questions regarding the permit process?

Terri Stewart
(314) 768-6288

What are the requirements for a master drain layer?

The applicant must have filed a cash or corporate bond in an amount not less than $10,000, stating that the permittee, his agents, and employees, shall comply with all of the terms, conditions, provisions, requirements, and specifications of MSD’s rules and regulations.

The applicant must have a certificate of qualification or other applicable license to perform work as a master drain layer issued in his name by the Board of Examiners of Plumbers and Drain Layers of the City of St. Louis or of St. Louis County or other applicable licensing authority.

Who is authorized to take out permits with MSD?

All applications for permits for construction of sewer and drainage facilities, for connection to such facilities and for repair of a connection to such facilities shall be made by a master drain layer.

How much are permit and inspection fees?

The charges for Connection and Construction permits and inspection fees are as follows:

House Connection Permit $75.00
Storm, Sanitary or Combined Construction Permit (with footage) $195.00
Construction Permits with no footage $75.00
Sanitary or Combined Inspection Fee $5.80/ft.
Storm Inspection Fee $4.20/ft.
Sampling Tee No Charge
Lift Station $4,000.00
Lift Station Radio Conn Fee (includes radio) $3,488.00

Who should the contractor contact at MSD to schedule the start of a project?

Cecelia Monti
(314) 768-6379

How much notice does MSD require to start a project?

MSD requires a 24 hour notice prior to starting construction.

What projects need to be submitted to MSD for review?

MSD requires that all public or private sewerage and drainage works proposed to be constructed, altered or reconstructed by any person or corporation, public or private, within MSD’s boundaries, be submitted for review and approval. This includes any altering of any storm drainage channel, site drainage or flood plain within those boundaries. Property boundary changes may affect the public-private balance of existing sewers and therefore must be submitted as part of the development or redevelopment process.

Who is the contact for general and specific plan review process questions?

The applicant should contact the Engineering Department at (314) 768-6272 with any general questions regarding the submittal of a project. If the applicant has questions about a specific project or design criteria, please contact the following individuals:

Projects already submitted: Reviewing engineer, as previously assigned
South and West Area
Bob Miller, P.E.
(314) 335-2053

North and East Area
John Alexander, P.E.
(314) 768-2707

What does the applicant need to submit to MSD for review?

MSD requires the submittal of a minimum of one set of plans (prepared and sealed by an engineer registered in the State of Missouri), a completed online "Create an Application" process and a fee of $450. The Engineering Department should be contacted if there is any question about the required fee. MSD does not charge a fee for projects funded by governmental agencies (municipalities & fire districts only) that have a reciprocity agreement with the District.

How does the review process generally work?

Upon submittal of the plans and submittal fee, the project is given a project number and assigned to a review engineer. The project developer and engineer are notified of the assigned project number and review engineer within a week of receipt of the plans. The initial review will be completed within two to three weeks. The review engineer will then upload review comments and corrections. The review engineer will also notify both the owner and project engineer of any other requirements MSD may have such as easements, fees, etc.

Once the plans have been corrected to address all of MSD’s requirements and all other documents and fees have been paid, MSD will process the plan approval and notify the developer, the project engineer, and the appropriate municipal agencies of the approval. The developer will also be notified as to whether or not permits, construction deposit and as-built deposit are required. 

After the construction and as-built deposits have been paid, the owner's licensed drain layer must take out permits from the District for the work, prior to beginning construction. In addition, the MSD Construction Section (314-768-6379) must be notified a minimum of 24 hours before start of construction. Failure to take out the permits and notify the MSD Construction Section may result in MSD withholding construction approval of the project and denial of any future permits to either the owner or the drain layer.

When does a permit need to be taken out with MSD?

Any person, firm or corporation desiring to construct, install, relocate, connect or reconnect any sanitary, combined, or stormwater sewer or drainage facility, whether public or private, within the boundaries of the District shall cause plans and specifications to be prepared by a registered professional engineer, licensed in the State of Missouri, and shall cause the same to be submitted to the District for examination, revision, and approval according to the design standards of the District. Such approval shall be a condition precedent to the issuance of a permit for the construction of such facilities, and no such facilities shall be constructed without a permit therefore from the District. All such plans and specifications shall be prepared in such form and manner as may be prescribed by the District.