Engineering Services

Development Engineering Services in the Permit Center has resources to help you with:

  • Civil engineering design and review process
  • Utility locations and connections
  • Construction in the public right of way
  • Legal documents and recordings
  • Reimbursement contracts

Right-of-Way Permit

Permits are required to cut into or change the public street or right-of-way, including curbs, sidewalks or driveway approach. Contractors must be on our authorized contractor list in order to obtain a right-of-way permit. Please refer to the current Authorized Contractor List.

Engineering Services requires a 24-hour notice to process and prepare more than one (1) right-of-way permit.

Related Topic – Street Use Permits

Street Use Permits allow for the use of the public street or right-of-way for purposes other than for the usual vehicle, pedestrian, bicycle or other mobility device travel. Learn more about Street Use Permits.

Water and Sewer Connections

Engineering services can assist with water and sewer locations, issue connections, and provide fee quotes.

Engineering Services requires a 24-hour notice to process and prepare more than one (1) water meter or sewer connection.

Request for Utility Services

Submit a Request for Utility Services to find out where utilities are located in your area and receive a fee quote with all associated connection costs.

Water and Sewer Charges

Water and Sewer System Development Charges, SDCs, are subject to increase annually, starting January 1, 2024.

Civil Engineering Application

​Email your completed Civil Engineering Application (ENG) (do not send plans at this time) to

  • First your application will be verified for completeness. (Our goals is to enter your application within one to two business days; on occasion this may take longer.)
  • Next your application will be processed and you will receive an email with the fees and your application number.

Visit our Getting Started with ePlans webpage for additional information.

Application and Submittal Checklists

Approval Blocks

The approval blocks provided are for use on civil design projects within the City limits, and its utility service areas. Please choose the appropriate approval block depending on the type of plan submittal.


Recording Documents, Templates and Forms

City of Vancouver approved recording documents, templates, forms and guidelines. Please review the Recording Documents Guidelines at the top of the page.

Engineering Requirements, Standards and Details

Utility and Street System Requirements for Water, Sanitary Sewer, Stormwater and Transportation