Building & Safety

Building & Safety

Utilities Services

What is the Utilities Department's policy with regard to providing design and engineering services?

Service designs, plans and estimates to determine service charges or deposits, will not be initiated by the Utility until it has reasonable assurances that the Applicant's project will be built. This assurance is normally taken as the issuance of a building permit.

Should the Applicant desire these service plans and the amount of charges at an earlier time, the Applicant may pay a deposit for early design as determined by the Utility. The design work will then be scheduled along with all other eligible Applicants. A deposit for early design will be credited to the cost of the design and installation of the service or refunded as appropriate.

The cost of multiple designs to explore options or redesigns required by changes beyond the control of the Utility shall be paid by the Applicant.

When do I get my electrical and gas utilities turned on?

Generally, when a building project is completed, and all of the required Departments have granted a final approval for the project, the Building and Safety Division will release electrical and gas clearances to the utility providers so that they can work with the tenant or owner to schedule a turn on date.

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Riverside, CA 92522

Phone: (951) 826-5697

Fax: (951) 826-5622

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