A water or sewer permit is required to uncover, or make any connection with or opening into, use, alter, or disturb any public water or sewer or storm water line. 

This includes work on privately-owned pipe laterals since they are tied into the City’s system.  

Water/sewer permits take 2 to 5 business days after a complete application is submitted to the Albany Water Department. 

It is best for the contractor performing the work to obtain the permit on the owner’s behalf. The permit application packet has the instructions (PDF)

If a new connection needs to be made to the water or sewer or storm water system, prior approval is required from AWD before applying for a permit.