Town of Mansfield, CT
Tolland County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Mansfield 2-22-1993. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Public improvements — See Ch. 143.
Scenic roads — See Ch. 155.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 166.

§ A195-1 Legislative authority.

These regulations have been enacted pursuant to the Town Ordinance dated January, 1993, entitled "Road Permit and Engineering Standards and Specifications Ordinance."[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 143, Public Improvements.

§ A195-2 Purpose.

Town highways have been established and are maintained primarily for the purpose of movement of vehicles and pedestrians. It is also desirable to allow individuals and utility companies to utilize highway rights-of-way for purposes other than transportation. However, to prevent recurring, dangerous and annoying interruptions to traffic and pedestrians, to minimize the financial impacts of road cuts upon the town, to avoid interference with future road constructions and to provide a uniform standard of construction, and construction methods, it is necessary that strict control be maintained and standard procedure be followed for any widening, opening, altering, repairing, constructing and maintaining of town highways.

§ A195-3 Activities requiring permits.

The following types of operations within the limits of town highways and rights-of-way require a written application for permit issuance by the Director of Public Works or his or her agent before any work can be performed:
A. 
To construct, repair, install and maintain sewers, drains, water mains, gas mains, telephone, cable television and electrical conduits and service connections thereto, driveways, pavement extensions, manholes, inlets, catch basins, fire hydrants, sidewalks, curbs, steps, retaining walls and fences.
B. 
The temporary storage of equipment or construction materials.
C. 
To erect and maintain, poles, wire, guys, cables and other overhead structures.
D. 
Any other operations which may cause abnormal wear to or deface or damage existing structures, pavement, curbs or sidewalks.
E. 
Any other widening, opening, altering, repairing, placing permanent items on, excavating, constructing and maintaining of town highways.

§ A195-4 Application for permit.

A. 
An application form for a permit must be filed with the Town of Mansfield Public Works Department, in the Office of the Director of Public Works, before the preliminary investigation will be made for permit issue. This application must be on form provided by the Town of Mansfield; standard application forms for this permit may be secured at the Town Hall.
B. 
The application form shall be completely filled in and signed by the applicant. The application form shall be accompanied by the required fee. (See § A195-13, Road permit fees).

§ A195-5 Plans and specifications.

A. 
Subject to the approval of the Director of Public Works for unusual or nonroutine projects, applications for projects of minor scope involving less than the minimum bond amount [two thousand dollars ($2,000.)] will normally require only sketched plans sufficient to understand the scope of the proposed work.
B. 
When applications are made for permits involving work of major scope or for projects with unusual or nonroutine work elements, complete plans and specifications must be submitted in duplicate with the application form. These plans should be so detailed that the exact location of the various parts of the work, the risk to injury to road users and the probability of damage to trees, highway structures and private property can be ascertained.

§ A195-6 Standard specifications.

As provided for in Chapter 143, Public Improvements, § 143-13B, all permitted work shall conform to the standard specifications, in particular Section IX, Paragraphs A through R, covering Highway Permits.

§ A195-7 Rejection of applications.

A. 
When it appears that the work called for in an application would cause substantial and/or needless damage to a highway or create excessive disturbances to traffic or exceptionally dangerous conditions, the request for permit will be denied. The applicant will be informed of such rejection by letter which will state the reasons for the rejection.
B. 
The Director of Public Works or his or her agent may, at his or her discretion, refuse to issue a permit to any person, company or utility when, in his or her opinion, work performed under a permit previously issued to the applicant has not been properly executed or when said applicant has failed to reimburse the town for recoverable charges billed under terms governing a previous permit.

§ A195-8 Bond requirements.

A. 
Except as limited by Sections 16-228, 16-229 and 16-230 of the Connecticut General Statutes, prior to issuance of a permit the applicant shall deposit with the town a bond, cash or certified check in an amount as determined by the Director of Public Works or his or her agent. The amount of such bond shall be established separately for each permit so that the town will be protected against loss in the event of the failure of the permit holder to complete the work or make required repairs or restoration of damages involving the work or encroachment authorized by the permit. The surety on such bond or bonds shall be a duly authorized surety company satisfactory to the town.
B. 
The amount of bond shall be computed on the basis of cost required to proper restoration or repairs, and in no case shall it be less than two thousand dollars ($2.000.) for each permit. Upon acceptance of an application for permit, the Director of Public Works, or his or her agent. shall advise the applicant as to the amount of bond required.
C. 
An annual blanket bond be deposited by a frequent applicant to avoid the inconveniences and expense of providing individual bonds for each permit requested. Said bond shall be reissued or renewed with the town annually.
D. 
Bonds shall be released to the permit holder upon satisfactory completion of restoration and repairs.

§ A195-9 Insurance requirements.

Except as limited by Sections 16-228, 16-229 and 16-230 of the Connecticut General Statutes, an applicant for a permit to work within town highways or lands shall furnish to the town, prior to the issuance of the permit, certificates of insurance including a "waiver of subrogation," and automobile liability and comprehensive general liability insurance in the following amounts:
A. 
Property damage (including automobile) each accident: not less than one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.).
B. 
Bodily injury (including automobile):
(1) 
Each person: not less than three hundred thousand dollars ($300,000.).
(2) 
Each accident: not less than six hundred thousand dollars ($600,000.).

§ A195-10 Issuance of permit.

A. 
A permit shall be issued only after the complete submission of all permit requirements, review and approval by the Director of Public Works or his or her agent, and upon receipt of a bond and insurance certificates in the correct amounts.
B. 
The permittee is forbidden to commence work until the above items have been complied with and the permittee has notified the Director of Public Works or his or her agent at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance of the exact date and hour he or she proposes to begin work.
C. 
The Director of Public Works may waive bonding requirements (§ A195-8) and fees (§ A195-13) for state and municipal agency projects in which all work will be performed by the agencies' own forces.

§ A195-11 Revoking permits.

Any permit issued by the Town of Mansfield may be revoked immediately upon written notification to the permittee.

§ A195-12 Town to be free from claims.

The applicant's signature on the permit application form signifies his or her consent to the conditions governing the issuance to a permit, including his or her agreement to defend and save the Town of Mansfield harmless from any injuries to persons or to property resulting from any work to be performed in connection with the permit.

§ A195-13 Road permit fees.

A. 
Road permit fees shall be computed for each permit application on the basis of two (2) components:
(1) 
An application fee for the cost of reviewing and processing all permits.
(2) 
An inspection fee to defray some of the cost to the town for inspecting the proposed site of the work, the work in progress and the final completion of all work.
B. 
Road permit fees shall be as follows:
Type of Permit
Application Fee
Inspection Fee
Total Permit Fee
Utility pole, transformer, anchor, line, etc. off the pavement or on dirt road
$25.00
$20.00
$45.00
Driveway
$25.00
$20.00
$45.00
Utility cut
$25.00
$20.00
$45.00