Permit Inquiries

Contact the MWRD Local Sewer Systems Section with questions regarding permit applicability, permit application procedure and submittal requirements, related ordinance requirements, etc. by dialing 312.751.3260. You may be asked to submit a sketch, site plan, and/or letter to describe details of the project in order to enable us to properly answer your questions. If permit applicability is not certain, it is recommended that a permit determination letter be obtained prior to starting any construction and risking enforcement action.

The applicant may petition the District (in writing) for a determination.

A hardcopy submittal including a narrative describing the scope of the project, site plan, and any other supporting documentation and exhibits should be addressed to:

Justine Skawski 
Engineering Department - Local Sewer Systems Section
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago 
111 East Erie Street, 6th Floor 
Chicago, IL 60611-2893 
 

To request a copy of an issued permit from our permit archives, please email our Permit Inquiry Inbox at mwrdpi@mwrd.org. The email, including a location map of the area in question along with the contact person and phone number, will initiate a search for sewer permits in that area. Please be aware that the MWRD does not issue sewer permits within the City of Chicago unless a direct connection is made to an MWRD intercepting sewer or other facility. Contact the City’s Department of Water Management for such requests.

If your request for information is not for an issued permit, click here.


Request for Revisions to Issued Permits
     
     
Requests for sewer design-related revisions to existing permits prior to completion of sewer work under the permit, or to make minor changes to stormwater detention facilities, must include:

A letter from the design engineer of the permit describing the design changes and the reason for the changes,  submitted to Justine Skawski, Principal Civil Engineer of the Local Sewer Systems Section.

A letter from the municipal/system engineer of the permit granting approval of the changes.

Four (4) copies of revised design drawings, with each sheet signed and sealed by the permit design engineer of record (only those plan sheets that are changed).

Four (4) copies of all revised permit documents signed and sealed by the permit design engineer of record (if applicable).

Permit revision fee payment $500.00 plus $5.00 per linear foot of additional sewer length. Fees are waived for governmental sewer projects (public sewer mains, laterals for fire/police stations, libraries, etc.)

Justine Skawski 
Engineering Department - Local Sewer Systems Section
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago 
111 East Erie Street 
Chicago, IL 60611-2893