Excavation Permit

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Any excavation in the right-of-way requires an Excavation Permit. Only contractors who have a current Street and Sidewalk Excavation Bond and a current Insurance Certificate on file with the Engineering Department may obtain an Excavation Permit.

Send completed applications to:

Engineering Department
400 La Crosse St.
La Crosse, WI 54601
Fax: (608) 789-8184

Fact Sheet

When is a permit needed?

A permit is required any time you make any excavation or opening in any street, alley, highway, or sidewalk.

Permit Fee

Excavation permit fee is $35.

Bond Requirements

An Indemnity Bond of $10,000 is required to be deposited with the Engineering Dept. before a permit is issued.

Insurance Requirements

  • Carry comprehensive General Liability insurance and completed Operations Insurance
  • Minimum combined single limit of $500,000 for bodily injury and property damage per occurrence
  • Required insurance shall be written by insurance companies who are rated "B" or better in Best's Key Rating Guide and shall be licensed to do business in the state of Wisconsin


  • No openings when ground is frozen except in emergencies
  • Openings shall be enclosed with sufficient barriers
  • All necessary precautions shall be taken to guard the public effectively from accidents or damage to persons or property
  • Temporary traffic control shall be provided and maintained by the applicant and shall comply with Part 6 of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
  • All materials removed or penetrated must be replaced as soon as possible to their original condition and be maintained for 3 years
  • Backfilling the opening, material shall be placed in maximum 12-inch lifts with each lift thoroughly compacted by mechanical means to 95% of standard proctor density
  • The contractor may elect to have the city make the pavement repair for any street or sidewalk and be billed for the cost associated
  • Excavations in streets paved in the last 5 years are prohibited except in the case of emergencies determined by the Board of Public Works
  • Emergency excavations are authorized for any person or agency owning or controlling any sewer, water main, conduit, or utility. You may take immediate proper emergency measures to remedy dangerous conditions for the protection of property, life, health, or safety without first obtaining and excavation permit; provided that such person shall apply for an excavation permit not later than the end of the next succeeding business day.

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