Engineering

How to Obtain Water for New Construction

  • Obtain a Water Permit Application Form (PDF).
  • Complete the Water Application Form and return it to the City of Stow Engineering Department along with a copy of your Sanitary Sewer Permit. The Sanitary Sewer Permit can be obtained at the Summit County Department of Environmental Services (D.O.E.S., Phone number: 330-926-2400.
  • The Water Permit Application Form will be processed within 3 to 5 business days. Payment for the Water Permit Application Form is due when the permit is issued. Permits are issued Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4 pm Checks or cash only accepted.
  • You must have your excavating contractor registered through the City of Stow to complete the waterline work. The City of Stow Engineering Department can provide you with a list of registered water excavators. If you would like to use an excavator that is not registered with the City, you must obtain a Contractor Registration Form (PDF). There is a $100 fee to register and the excavator must fill out an application using the Excavating for Water Registration Form, obtain a Right-of-Way Bond Form, and interview with the City of Stow Engineering Department.
  • Please call the Engineering Department when you are ready for the installation of the water meter. Please allow two days for installation. Please note: Final Occupancy inspection and approval will be withheld pending a water meter set.

How to Obtain City Water if You Have Well Water

  • Obtain an Application for a Plumbing Permit Form (PDF).
  • Please call the Engineering Department at 330-689-2719, to make sure water lines are accessible to your residence.
  • Obtain a Water Permit Application Form and return to the City of Stow Engineering Department. You must have sanitary sewer through the Summit County Department of Environmental Services, at 330-926-2400, to tap into the City Water.
  • The Water Permit Application Form will be processed within 3-5 business days. Payment for the Water Permit Application Form is due when the permit is issued. Permits are issued Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4 pm Checks or cash only accepted.
  • You must have your excavating contractor registered through the City of Stow to complete the waterline work. The Engineering Department can provide you with a list of registered water excavators. If you would like to use an excavator that is not registered with the City, they must register with the City of Stow and complete a Contractor Registration Form. There is a $100 fee to register and the excavator must fill out a Water Department Excavator Registration Form, obtain Right-of-Way Bond Form, and interview with the City of Stow Engineering Department. These forms can be found in our Document Center.

Installation of an Irrigation Meter

  • Obtain an Irrigation Meter Application Form (PDF).
  • Have your plumber plumb up your house up to the irrigation meter. You can call the Engineering Department at 330-689-2719 to get a copy of the drawings or they can be found in the Document Center.
  • Mail or bring in a check to the City of Stow for the price of an irrigation meter (the cost of the meter is listed on the Irrigation Meter Application Form) along with the Irrigation Meter Application Form. Make check payable to the City of Stow. If mailing, send it to the attention of the Engineering Department at 3760 Darrow Road, Stow, Ohio, 44224. This must be paid before a meter will be set.
  • When the plumbing is set up and ready for the meter, please call the Engineering Department at 330-689-2719 to set up an appointment to have the meter set up and the remote installed by the City of Stow Water Department. Please allow 2 days for installation.
  • After the meter is set, please have your plumber install the backflow preventer. This has to be tested at that time by a certified plumber and every year after. A Backflow Test Form must be sent to the City of Stow's Water Superintendent every year.

How to Split a Duplex Meter into Two Separate Lines

  • The owner of the duplex shall obtain a Plumbing Permit Application Form (PDF) to plumb up to the second meter prior to receiving a meter installation from the City of Stow. The customer shall have the plumbing set up to the City of Stow's standard drawings.
  • All cross-connections between the two duplex units must be eliminated prior to setting any new meter. The customer shall install the needed plumbing connections at their own cost. The customer shall pay for a City approved meter from the Engineering Department. Please call the Engineering Department at 330-689-2719 regarding costs, set-up, etc.
  • The customer shall call the Engineering Department at 330-689-2719 in order to set up an appointment for the meter installation by the City. The City requires a minimum of two working days following the purchase of the new meter for installation.

Downspout Replacement

  • To replace any downspouts in the city right-of-way (i.e. by curb lawn, under sidewalks, by a culvert, etc.), a Right-of-Way Permit is required.
  • Please contact the Engineering Department for any questions related to drainage issues.
  • After obtaining a Right-of-Way Permit, please contact the Engineering Department, 330-689-2719, for an inspection when the pipe is installed and exposed.

Replacing Sidewalks

  • To replace existing sidewalks, a No Fee Permit is required. To obtain a No Fee Permit, (no cost to resident), call the Engineering Department at 330-689-2719. A set of City of Stow Standard Drawings is available in the Document Center or they will be sent to you along with the No Fee Permit at that time.
  • Two inspections are required for this:
  • Pre-pour Inspection - Call 24 hours in advance (Engineering Department, Phone 330-689-2719) of pouring your concrete when the sidewalk is formed up.
  • Final Inspection - Call for this inspection after the concrete has been poured, backfilled around the edges of the sidewalk, and when the job is complete

Drive Approach Replacement

  • To replace your drive approach or apron, please stop into the Engineering Department between the hours of 8 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday.
  • A set of City of Stow standard drawings can be downloaded from the Document Center or they will be given to you at that time.
  • The Right-of-Way Permit fee is $160 and the fee is broken down as follows:
  • $60 - Actual Right-of-Way Permit fee.
  • $100 - Right-of-Way Bond Fee. This fee will be returned to you after the job has been completed to the satisfaction of the City of Stow.
  • Two inspections are required:
    • Pre-pour Inspection - Call 24 hours in advance (Engineering Department, phone Number 330-689-2719) of pouring your concrete when the approach is formed, the base is prepared, and is ready to be poured.
    • Final Inspection - Call for this inspection after the concrete has been poured, backfilled around the edges of the approach, and when the job is complete. At this time, request that the bond be released. If released, the bond ($100) will be returned within 4 to 6 weeks.

Culvert Replacement

  • A Right-of-Way Permit is needed to replace a culvert in the city's right-of-way.
  • A set of City of Stow Standard Drawings is available from the Engineering Department or these can be found in the Document Center. If you are not sure of what size culvert pipe should be installed, an engineering inspector will assist you.
  • The Right-of-Way Permit fee is $160 and the fee is broken down as follows:
  • $60 - Actual Right-of-Way Permit fee.
  • $100 - Right-of-Way Bond Fee. This fee will be returned to you after the job has been completed to the satisfaction of the City of Stow.
  • An inspection is required:
    • Inspection - Call 24 hours in advance (Engineering Department, 330-689-2719) when the pipe is being laid.
    • Final Inspection - Call for this inspection after the culvert is complete. At this time, request that the bond be released ($100). If released, bond will be returned within 4 to 6 weeks.