Permits

Applying for a Permit

Discuss proposed needs with one of the engineering staff members so that the correct permit is applied for. An engineering staff member will advise you of the proper City construction specifications for working within the street right of way. The permit fee will be calculated and relayed to you.

Properly fill out permit and pay the permit fee. Permit is approved once signed by the City Engineer.

Street Light Request Form
A street light petition must be completed and returned to the City Engineering Division.  If recommended by the City Engineer the request will be forwarded to th Public Utilities, Gas, Lights Committee.  Upon their approval a street light will be requested from the appropriate utility company.


The following permits, forms, and drawings can be downloaded by clicking on the appropriate name. However, the completed forms and permits MUST be returned to the Engineering Division, 631 Perry Street, Suite 102, Defiance, along with proper payment (if applicable) to be processed. Please call 784-2249 if you have any questions.


Steps Contractor Takes Once Notified of an Approved Permit

Water Tap and Meter

  • Extend the building water service to the agreed upon location by the street.
  • The City water crew will then tap the City water main, run a service line, install a curb stop valve and box, and attach to your building service line.
  • Once the City’s plumbing inspector has approved the building’s plumbing, the City’s Meter people will install the meter.

Sanitary Sewer Tap
The contractor shall notify Engineering (at least 48 hours in advance) for an inspection prior to covering the sewer service.

Storm Sewer/Drainage
The contractor shall notify Engineering (at least 48 hours in advance) for an inspection prior to covering the sewer service.

Drive Approach (Curb Cut)
The contractor shall notify Engineering (at least 48 hours in advance) pouring concrete for an inspection of forms, grade, and final approval to proceed.

Sidewalk
The contractor shall notify Engineering (at least 48 hours in advance) pouring concrete for an inspection of forms, grade, and final approval to proceed.

Opening in the Right of Way
Prior to closing of the opening in the right of way, the contractor shall notify Engineering (at least 48 hours in advance) for the appropriate inspections.

When a Permit is needed:

  • Water Tap and Meter
  • Sanitary Sewer Tap
  • Storm Sewer/Drainage (if applicable and allowed)
  • Drive Approach/Curb
  • Sidewalks
  • Opening in Right of Way
  • Special Events (parade, closure of street/sidewalk/parking lot for event)

Contact Information:

Engineering Division
631 Perry Street, Suite 102
Defiance, Ohio 43512

419.784.2249
fax: 419.784.5443

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

City Engineer/ADA Coordinator – Melinda Sprow, P.E.
Drop Curb Detail (254 KB PDF)
Drive Approach (122 KB PDF)
Drive Approach Slopes (1 KB PDF)Drive Approach/Curb Cut Application (7 KB PDF)Event Permit Forms are available at City Hall ~ 631 Perry Street or click here to print the form: Event Permit Application (PDF)

Event Permits are needed for the City of Defiance if an organization is seeking permission to close a street(s), sidewalk, park, or parking lot for a special event, a parade, or for construction. Please use this form for the event, fill it out, and submit it to the Engineering Division at 631 Perry Street, Defiance, Ohio 43512.  Event permits are needed AT LEAST 14 working days prior to the event. If you have a yearly event, please submit it as soon as you know the logistics.  The City of Defiance reserves the right to reject and/or amend any permit issued.Oversize or Overweight Load Permit (13 KB PDF)Permit for Openings in Right-of-Way (81 KB PDF)
License to Occupy Right-of-Way (78 KB PDF)
General Provisions (1 KB PDF)
Infrastructure Data Sheet (1 KB PDF)Building Sewer Requirements (152 KB PDF)
House Connection – Type 1 (1 KB PDF)
House Connection – Type 2 (7 KB PDF)
House Connection – Type 3 (1 KB PDF)
Typical Sanitary Sewer Repair Detail (1 KB PDF)Sanitary Sewer Tap Permit (96 KB PDF)
Storm Sewer/Drainage Permit (83 KB PDF)Sidewalk Permit (5 KB PDF)Sidewalk Detail (1) (122 KB PDF)
Sidewalk Detail (2) (127 KB PDF)
Sidewalk Detail (3) (171 KB PDF)
Typical Sidewalk – Deflection and/or Reduction (144 KB PDF)Street Light Request Form and Petition (71 KB PDF)Standard 3/4″ Water Meter Installation (60 KB PDF)
Standard 2″ & Larger Water Meter Installation (46 KB PDF)
Residential/Sprinkler Meter (106 KB PDF)
Commercial Meter w/ Backflow and By-Pass (240 KB PDF)
Combined Fire and Domestic (132 KB PDF)
Auxiliary Water Connection (142 KB PDF)
Commercial Meter Pit (145 KB PDF)Water Tap Request & Estimate Form (67 KB PDF)
Plastic Water Service Line Material Information (4 KB PDF)
Water Tap Backflow Questionnaire (5 KB PDF)
Measurements for Water Meters (4 KB PDF)