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Project Types that require submission of plans to CBU for review & approval:

  • New Construction - Water, Sanitary Sewer, Stormwater Infrastructure Installation

    • Residential - Single Family, Multi-Family, Subdivision Development
    • Commercial, Mixed-Use Development
    • Manufacturing & Industrial Users

 

  • Remodels / Renovations

    • If this is a remodel or renovation project for a Commercial or Food Service Establishment, please refer to the "Commercial & FSE Renovation - Forms Packet" which will contain all of the information that you need for your initial submittal.

 

  • Restaurant / Food Service Establishments (FSE's)

 

  • Pretreatment Device Installation: Grease Interceptors, and more

 

  • Backflow Device Installation

 

  • Water & Sewer Service-Related Requirements, Improvements, Upgrades:

    • Firelines, Irrigation Service, Water & Sewer Service Upgrades

 

  • Stormwater:

    • Water Quality BMP’s, Detention & Retention, Ponds, & Drainage Improvements

    • MS4 Rule 5 / SWPPP

 

  • Non-Utility Projects and/or Property Improvements:

    • Permanent or Semi-Permanent Structures:  These projects include but are not limited to: Pools, Fences/Retaining Walls, Detached Garage, Out-buildings/Sheds, and Porch/Deck being built or installed within the Right-of-Way, Utility Easement, or within 10-ft of existing utilities.

    • Landscaping: These projects include but are not limited to: Landscaping or tree planting within the Right-of-Way, Utility Easement, or within 10-ft of existing utilities.

 

Still not sure if your project requires CBU review & approval?

See below for a list of Project Type Definitions, or contact our office at: (812)339-1444 and ask to be transferred to the Engineering Department; or email us at: UtilitiesPlanReview@bloomington.in.gov

 

 

QUICK REFERENCE LIST: 

Review Guidelines

Project Submittal Checklist & Application

Forms & FAQ’s

For Contractors

Taps, Services, & Fees

Pretreatment Program

Backflow Prevention Program

MS4 - Rule 5 Review

 

BASIC PROJECT SUBMITTAL GUIDELINES:

CBU requires a hard copy of the plans to be submitted for all project reviews.  Please refer to the list of required items for submission of plans under the PLAN SUBMISSION Section of our Design Standards Manual & Project Review Guidelines.  If your project requires plumbing and/or landscaping plans, please refer to those sections as well.

 

Please complete the Plan Review Application and include it with your initial submittal.  Walk-in drop off is available during normal business hours: M-F 8:00am - 5:00pm; or you may send them via parcel delivery (UPS, FedEx, etc) to our office at 600 E Miller Dr, Bloomington, IN 47401.  All plans should be directed to the Engineering Utility Technician for check-in and distribution.

City of Bloomington Utilities
Attn: Engineering Utilities Technician
600 E Miller Drive
Bloomington, IN 47401
 

Preliminary Design Submittals: If you are submitting plans to satisfy another department’s requirements, and are not prepared for a full plan review, make notations as such on the Plan Review Application form along with any additional information that will identify the level of review required at this time.

 

Full Design Requirements: Please refer to the list of required items for submission of plans under the PLAN SUBMISSION Section of our Design Standards Manual & Project Review Guidelines.  If your project requires plumbing and/or landscaping plans, please refer to those sections as well.

 

Construction Plans are to Include:

  • Preferred sheet size: 24” x 36”, are to be drawn to scale, and stapled
  • Title page with official Project Name, Site Address, Owner/Developer Contact Information, Index, and Location Maps
  • Project Name, Page Numbers, North Arrow (on all applicable sheets), and Firm's Project #
  • Demo Plan (if applicable)
  • Site Plan, Applicable Utility Notes, Easements (existing & proposed)
  • Utility Plan & Profiles, All Existing & Proposed Utilities, Applicable Notes, and Legends
  • Grading Plan / Erosion Control, SWPPP
  • Landscaping Plans (if applicable; refer to the Landscaping & Easement section)
  • Plumbing Plans (if applicable; refer to the Backflow & Pretreatment sections)
  • All Standard Details applicable to your project
  • All Final Plans must be certified by a Civil Engineer 

 

Project Review Timelines: Plans are reviewed based upon the date of submittal. CBU’s standard review timeline of 2-4 weeks will not be adjusted to accommodate requests for a full review to be expedited.  Reviews of a minor revision for correctness are at the discretion of the Project Reviewer(s).

 

A Notification of Receipt of Plans letter will be issued listing your project information and review team. Plans are reviewed based upon the date of submittal. CBU’s standard review timeline of 2-4 weeks will not be adjusted to accommodate requests for a full review to be expedited.  Reviews of a minor revision for correctness are at the discretion of the Project Reviewer(s).  A formal review letter will be issued once the team has completed their review.

 

For additional information, visit our Forms & FAQ’s section of the website, or contact us at: UtilitiesPlanReview@bloomington.in.gov.

 

PROJECT TYPE DEFINITIONS:

New Construction

The development of a project with no existing utilities on site, or the complete demolition of an existing site and the installation of a newly designed site from the ground up.  This will include any of the following types of developments: Commercial / Industrial, Multi-Use Development, and Residential

  • A Commercial Development is defined as any Non-Residential Use space.  They may include (but are not limited to):  Office Buildings, Medical, Dental, & Pharmaceutical Facilities, Nursing Home Facilities, Hotels, Bed & Breakfast Inns, Automotive Retailers & Garages, Car Washes, Retail Stores & Shopping Centers, Restaurants & Café’s, Daycares, Kennels, Warehouses, Grocery & Convenience Stores, Financial Institutions, Religious Institutions, Educational Institutions, Breweries, and Fitness & Sports Facilities

 

  • A Food Service Establishment (FSE’s): means any facility, which cuts, cooks, bakes, prepares, or serves food, or which disposes of food-related wastes. FSEs do not include residential users, but may include dormitories, nursing home facilities, fraternities, sororities, schools, hospitals, prisons and other facilities as designated by the director. 
    • Any NEW Food Service Establishments, Commercial Development zoned for FSE’s, or other facility deemed a FSE by the Monroe County Health Department must submit a site and plumbing plan to City of Bloomington Utilities for review.  For all remodels or renovations, please refer to the “Renovation & Remodels” section below.
    • For more information about Restaurants / FSE’s, visit the Pretreatment section of our website.

 

  • Manufacturing & Industrial Users must adhere to additional requirements. Please refer to our Pretreatment Program for additional information and the required Wastewater Discharge Survey forms.

 

  • A Mixed-Use Development consists of both Commercial & Residential Units within a single building.  Often times, you will see Commercial space(s) on the ground floor, and Residential spaces above.

 

  • A Single-Family Residential Development consists of single family homes or duplexes on individual lots.  This could entail either a property owner building a single home, or a developer building an entire development of single family homes (or duplexes), but each housing unit must be on its own separate lot.

 

  • Multi-family Residential is a classification of residential housing where three (3) or more separate housing units are contained within a single building or a grouping of several MFR buildings within a complex.  Common housing unit types include: Apartments, Townhomes, or Condominiums.  (Inner walls are connected or shared between each housing unit.)                                                                                                                                              

Renovations: Remodels / Additions / Improvements

The renovation and remodel requirements (for an existing building or property) do not include demolition of an entire facility; please refer to “New Commercial Construction” for more details.

 

  • Commercial - Food Service Establishment (FSE’s):  Any non-residential facility that is remodeling or renovating their kitchen and/or plumbing fixtures, or as deemed necessary by the Monroe County Health Department must submit a site and plumbing plan to City of Bloomington Utilities for review.  The changes may be as small as adding a floor drain or 3-bay sink, or as large as a full scale kitchen remodel.  The renovation and remodel requirements do not include demolition of an entire facility; please refer to “New Commercial Construction” for more details.
    • Changes to plumbing or kitchen fixtures
    • Grease Interceptor Installation
    • Cross-connection hazards / Backflow Device installation
    • Fire Restoration Rebuild

 

  • Commercial  (General):  Any non-residential facility that is remodeling or renovating their kitchen and/or plumbing fixtures, or as deemed necessary by the Monroe County Health Department must submit a site and plumbing plan to City of Bloomington Utilities for review. 
    • Service Size Upgrade
    • Changes to plumbing or kitchen fixtures
    • Grease Interceptor Installation
    • Fireline Installation
    • Cross-connection hazards / Backflow Device installation
    • Fire Restoration Rebuild
    • Irrigation Service
    • Property – Change of Use
    • Fire Restoration Rebuild
    • Stormwater Projects: Ponds, AquaSwirl, Rain Garden, Storm Infrastructure, any other BMP improvements.
    • Non-Utility Projects (permanent or semi-permanent structures, landscaping, etc.)

 

  • Residential Improvements including, but not limited to:
    • Service Size Upgrade (Changes in Water Use and/or Demand Needs)
    • Irrigation Service
    • Property – Change of Use
    • Fire Restoration Rebuild
    • Stormwater Projects: Rain Gardens, Culverts, Ponds, etc.
    • Non-Utility Projects (permanent or semi-permanent structures, landscaping, etc.)