There are a variety of types of work that can require a DSRSD permit:
Sewer lateral repair/replacement/alteration (including installation or repair of cleanouts)
Replacement or repair of a backflow prevention device
Installation of an outdoor sink
New residential accessory dwelling unit
Installation or repair of grease trap/interceptor
Commercial tenant improvement (especially for a change of use)
New pool installation
New trash enclosure
Any new facility connecting to DSRSD water or sewer
Any and all work related to new or existing sewer and water mains (for new developments)
How do I submit plans?
DSRSD’s preferred method for plan submittal is by emailing email@example.com. Please send your plans as an attachment or provide a download link (PDF file is preferred). DSRSD will also accept physical plan submittals at the Engineering Permit Counter, located at 7035 Dublin Blvd, Dublin, CA 94568.
What is the plan review process?
For the first plan submittal, comments will be returned within 15 business days. For each subsequent submittal, there is a turnaround time of 10 business days. Plans will not be approved without all comments being addressed and appropriate fees being paid. Upon submittal of plans, Permitting staff will help guide you through the approval process and inform you about any applicable fees.
Am I in DSRSD's service area?
There are three distinctions within DSRSD’s service area. In Dublin, DSRSD provides water, wastewater, and recycled water services. In the Dougherty Valley area of San Ramon, DSRSD provides water and recycled water service only. In southern San Ramon, DSRSD provides wastewater service only.
To determine where your project location is, DSRSD offers an interactive map to determine if you are in our service area. Click here to use the interactive service area map. Input your address, and the map will display where (and if) you fall inside the District’s service area.
What types of fees will I have to pay, and when?
• Plan review fees These fees are dependent on type of project you’re proposing, and will be due after the first plan review is performed. They will be calculated upon review.
• Sewer capacity reserve fees New connections (including existing connections with a change of use) represent an increase in demand for wastewater treatment services. This fee, required by DSRSD Code, is to purchase the ability to have wastewater for your project treated by DSRSD. It is collected at time of permit issuance if there is no new water meter with your project; otherwise it is collected at time of setting the water meter.
• Water capacity reserve fees New connections represent an increase in demand for water distribution services. The DSRSD Code requires that this demand be assessed in the form of a capacity reserve fee (formerly known as a connection fee) payable to DSRSD within 30 days prior to setting a new water meter.
• Zone 7 Water Agency fees Zone 7 is DSRSD’s water wholesaler; the District buys water from the agency to deliver to customers. Per agreement, DSRSD collects Zone 7’s water capacity reserve fees for the agency. These fees are collected within 30 days prior to setting of water meter.
• Inspection fees These fees pay for our construction inspectors to provide inspections for your project. They are paid prior to permit issuance. This fee varies depending on your scope of work.
• Miscellaneous fees Depending on the scope of your project, other fees (such as additional plan review, site specific recycled water fees, or others) may arise and Permitting staff will inform you of what they could potentially be.
• How do I pay these fees? Engineering fees are payable by check or cash, or via credit card (invoice must be $2,000 or less) using Paymentus. Payments can be mailed to DSRSD’s District Office at 7051 Dublin Blvd, Dublin, CA 94568 attn: Permitting Department.
To pay by VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or an electronic debit from your checking account, click the link or call the phone number below.
Who does the work for my project? Does DSRSD do it, or do I have to hire a contractor?
DSRSD does not construct any private facilities. Generally, all construction associated with private development is the responsibility of the customer. Inspection by DSRSD construction inspectors is required for nearly every project, and inspection fees paid at permit issuance cover that cost. Work shall be done by a licensed contractor, and when touching any new or existing DSRSD facility, bonds and insurance will be required.
How do I request water pressure or fire flow information?
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the location and any other pertinent information. Standard turnaround time is five business days.
I'm out of your service area, but I want water and/or sewer service. Can I do that?
To start that process, contact Alameda County or Contra Costa County LAFCo, which function to oversee boundary changes to cities and special districts (DSRSD is a special district). Depending on your location, it may be required that you get annexed into the city/county as well. Their respective websites are https://lafco.acgov.org/index.page and http://contracostalafco.org/.
I'm building an accessory dwelling unit on my property. What do I need to do?
Please submit a copy of your plans to DSRSD either digitally (via email@example.com) or in person at 7051 Dublin Blvd, Dublin. Fees may be due depending on the extent of work and regulations in place. DSRSD will assess the course of action based on what is being proposed.
I'm having an issue with my sewer lateral, and it needs to be fixed or replaced. Whose responsibility is that?
Sewer laterals are considered privately owned, and repairs are done at the expense of the property owner. You will need to contact DSRSD for a Limited Construction Permit. For a visual representation of ownership of service lines, please see exhibit on DSRSD’s web page.