Permits and Culvert Installation

Permits Required

No one may use, construct, excavate or alter the works of the South Indian River Water Control District or install any structure or equipment to enable the discharge of water, water withdrawal or other water use by anyone without receiving a permit from the District. In the case of an emergency, authorization (written if practical) may be given by the Manager of Operations or District Engineer.

 

Unless expressly exempt by law or District rule or policy, a permit must be obtained for:

  • Construction, excavation, alteration, or abandonment of any drain, ditch, canal, or other system of drainage connecting to or to connect with, discharge into, withdraw from or otherwise make use of the works of the District; or,

  • Construction, alteration, or abandonment of any bridge, or other crossing over a work of the District; or,

  • Any other construction, excavation or alteration, including placement of utilities, on or within District rights-of-way.

SIRWCD Permit Criteria and Application

 

Driveway Culverts for New Construction

Palm Beach County issues permits for driveway culvert installations for new construction. The District is responsible for preparing the area for the culvert to ensure proper elevations for drainage. Landowners should call the District office at 561-747-0550 to schedule this service. The homeowner is then responsible for the purchase and installation of the culvert. The District recommends installation of a concrete header for the ends of the culvert to protect it from being crushed. This can be accomplished with cast-in-place concrete or rip-rap bags. Sod should be installed around the culvert to prevent erosion and sediment build up in or around the culvert.

 

Please check back for new Driveway Culvert Design Details to be available shortly – contact the District office for guidance.

 

After installation, the District will come out and inspect the site to ensure it was properly constructed and issue a final inspection sticker that can be provided to Palm Beach County.

 

Note: There are only two culverts per parcel allowed per Palm Beach County Ordinance 2007-013, “Lots located on local or residential access streets shall have a maximum of two access connections.”

 

Replacement Driveway Culverts - SIRWCD Roadways

A Palm Beach County permit is not required for replacement of existing driveway culverts or the installation of an additional culvert on properties fronting SIRWCD roadways. Landowners must notify the District when their culvert has been crushed or has collapsed and is no longer functioning. This is important to ensure proper stormwater management. This applies to replacement culverts only or a second culvert on an existing home, not new home construction or temporary culvert installations (see above for new construction properties).

 

Basic Installation - The District will remove the old culvert and install a new replacement 18" x 20' culvert pipe (plastic or steel), rip rap headwall and sod where needed around the culvert at a cost of $300.00 for a single basic culvert or $600 for two basic culverts to the landowner. (A steel pipe is recommended if construction vehicles will drive over the new culvert within the first six months after installation.) Fill dirt needed to cover the pipe must be supplied by the landowner and be on site at the time of culvert installation. Any upgrades from Basic Installation are at the owner’s expense.

 

A Limited Installation includes a 18" x 20' culvert pipe followed by sod placement where needed around the culvertThis installation is at a cost of $200 each. Poured surface and concrete headwall is responsibility of landowner.  Prior to pouring, landowner must schedule an inspection and show proof of County permit.

 

To schedule an installation, visit the District Office to fill out a SIRWCD Driveway Culvert Installation Agreement, or download it here and take it to the District Office - please do not mail. A check made payable to SIRWCD is required.

 

***PLEASE NOTE: The Replacement Driveway Culvert Program will be temporarily suspended from June 1 through September 10 in order to complete other District infrastructure maintenance. The District will still schedule and replace driveway culverts if there is an urgent or emergency issue with drainage.

Replacement Driveway Culverts - Palm Beach County Roadways

A permit is not required from Palm Beach County for replacement of driveway culverts on properties located on County roadways if SIRWCD will be doing the replacement. This applies to replacement culverts only, not new home construction or temporary culvert installations (see above for new construction properties).

 

Basic Installation - Palm Beach County requires a 24" diameter aluminum culvert with mitered ends and cast-in-place concrete headwalls, which results in higher installation costs. For these installations, the cost to the landowner is $750.00 for a single basic culvert or $1,500 for two basic culverts.The site will be reviewed prior to installation and landowners will be notifed if additional fill will be needed to complete the installation. This must be supplied by the landowner and be on site at the time of culvert installation. Any upgrades from Basic Installation are at the owner’s expense.

 

A Limited Installation includes District installation of a 24" diameter mitered end pipe followed by sod placement. This installation is at a cost of $650.00.  Poured surface and concrete headwall is responsibility of landowner.  Prior to pouring, landowner must schedule an inspection and show proof of County permit.

 

To schedule an installation, visit the District Office to fill out a County Driveway Culvert Installation Agreement, or download it here and take it to the District Office - please do not mail. A check made payable to SIRWCD is required.

 

Hard Surface Covering Over Culverts

If landowners wish to install in the future, or have already installed, a hard surface covering such as concrete, asphalt, pavers or brick over their culvert as part of their driveway, please be aware that when replacement of the culvert becomes necessary, the District is not responsible for the cost of replacement or repair of the hard surfacing. This is a landowner expense. A permit is also required by Palm Beach County for this type of project – please contact them at 561-233-5000 to apply.

 

Temporary Culverts

When a landowner is building a new home or doing extensive remodeling or renovation of their property within South Indian River Water Control District, they must ensure that their contractor installs a temporary culvert to prevent blockages in the swales that could impact their ability to handle stormwater runoff and cause flooding in that area.

 

All construction entrances must have at least a 12" x 20' temporary culvert. We do not recommend installing a permanent culvert during construction due to risk of damage by heavy vehicles accessing the site.

 

Under Chapter 298 of the Florida Statutes, “a person may not willfully, or otherwise, obstruct any public canal, drain, ditch or watercourse or damage or destroy any public drainage works constructed in or maintained by any district.” Anyone who obstructs a swale shall be liable for the full amount of any damages to property resulting from the obstruction and shall be liable to the District for double the cost of removing the obstruction and repairing the damages. In addition, any person who willfully, or otherwise, obstructs the District’s works commits a felony of the third degree and is punishable by law.

 

Any construction entrances that do not have a temporary culvert in place will be dug out without notice to allow for proper drainage.

 

Florida Statue for Obstruction of Pubic Canals 298.66

 

Driveway Culvert Maintenance

Landowners are responsible for the maintenance of their driveway culverts. When fully functional, driveway culverts help provide proper stormwater runoff management, not only for yourself, but also for your neighbors. They also aid in draining stormwater from the internal swales to the main canal system.

 

Culverts should be regularly inspected by the landowner to ensure it is functioning properly and is not blocked with debris or has been crushed or damaged. Here’s a checklist of things you should look for during your inspection:

 

• Signs of erosion around the culvert ends
• Excessive rust build-up on metal culverts
• Cracks or areas that may have settled, leaving a gap between your concrete or asphalt driveway and the culvert
• Sink holes or depressions in a dirt driveway at the top of the culvert
• Sediment buildup in the culvert, particularly after a heavy rainfall

 

If you notice any of these issues, call the District office at 561-747-0550 to schedule an inspection. Don’t wait until it’s too late!

 

Please call the District office if you have any questions regarding your driveway culvert.