Developer's Agreement

All developer‐funded construction projects with the Long Beach Water Department (LBWD) require a developer to enter into an agreement with the Board of Water Commissioners of the City of Long Beach (Board). Typically, the Board meets on the first and third Thursdays of each month. In order to be placed on the Board’s meeting agenda, please follow these requirements:

WHAT TO SUBMIT

1.     Completed Developer Information Form
2.     Exhibit map (8 ½ by 11 inches) showing existing and proposed water and sewer facilities. Water and sewer facilities may be shown on the same exhibit. Please click here for sample exhibit map


DEPOSIT REQUIREMENT

1.     A deposit for plan check, inspection, administration, easement review, and as‐builts is required from the Developer. The deposit is estimated by LBWD and is based upon the submission of a preliminary plan(s). A cost estimate letter with the required deposit amount will be mailed to you after Board Approval is obtained. Make your check payable to Long Beach Water Department


LEAD TIME & OTHER INFORMATION:

1.  An appointment is required for the over‐the‐counter grease trap/interceptor plan review. Please call (562) 570‐2419 to make an appointment
2.     Items are placed on the Board’s agenda three weeks in advance of the scheduled Board meeting. LBWD’s response time to your request(s) depends upon you and your design team, the accuracy and completeness of the documents you submit, and our current work load
3.     After the Board has authorized the preparation of your Developer’s Agreement, the City Attorney’s Office will be directed to prepare the agreement. This process takes 23 weeks.Duplicate original agreements will be prepared and forwarded to you for execution, along with a one‐year guarantee and performance bond.
4.     Note that construction plans for your proposed water and/or sewer facilities will not be approved until your agreement, guarantee, and bond are properly executed.This is crucial in order to avoid delays. If you are a corporation, two corporate officers must execute the agreement. If only one officer executes the agreement, you must include a corporate resolution authorizing this action. If you are a partnership, the general partner must sign the agreement
5.     The guarantee and bond will be executed in the same manner as the agreement, and include the signature of the Attorney‐in‐Fact of the Surety Company, along with a certified copy of the Power of Attorney. All signatures must be acknowledged by a Notary Public
6.     Construction of your proposed LBWD water and/or sewer facilities cannot begin until all of the following requirements are met:

  • You provide a properly executed agreement and guarantee
  • You provide a performance bond for 100% of the construction costs
  • You submit your certificate of insurance for approval
  • You submit draft easement descriptions and/or the right‐of‐way agreement
  • You submit all required deposits
  • You pay for all required fees
  • You submit construction plans for proposed LBWD water and/or sewer facilities to LBWD review and approval

It has been LBWD’s experience that failure to understand or comply with the above procedures may result in unnecessary or costly project delays. For any questions related to your developer’s agreement request, please contact us at:

Email: Water‐ServiceCounter@lbwater.org
Call: (562) 570‐2419

Plan Submittal and Approval Requirements

LBWD may accept at its option, the transfer of your developer‐constructed water and/or sewer facilities that meet LBWD Standards and is a benefit to the public at large, provided you conform to the following:

  • Retain a Registered Civil Engineer (RCE) to prepare, sign, and stamp the construction contract documents (Plans and Specifications)
  • Design water facilities that conform to requirements of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) standards; Standard Specifications for Public Works Construction (Green Book), latest edition; California Department of Public Health (DPH) standards; LBWD standard drawings and specifications, latest edition; and generally accepted water works practices
  • Design sewer facilities in accordance with the City of Long Beach Municipal Code, Section 15; LBWD standard drawings and specifications; and Green Book, latest edition
  • Where LBWD standards do not fully cover the sewer design, use the following:
    • City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works, Bureau of Engineering, Part F – Sewer Design, latest edition
    • Los Angeles County, Department of Public Works, Private Contract Sanitary Sewer Procedural Manual, latest edition
    • County Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles standard drawings of construction
    • Retain a Licensed Land Surveyor/Civil Engineer to stake the water and/or sewer facilities, as well as furnish easements
    • Retain a geotechnical firm to provide soil compaction testing during construction

Plan Check Requirements:

In order to avoid additional project review costs, construction delays, and/or potential liabilities, it is imperative for you, as the developer, to:  

  • Review and discuss your project schedule with LBWD as soon as possible; and
  • Select a qualified consultant experienced in the design of water and/or sewer improvement projects

The plan check process includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Your engineer submits the first plan check consisting of two (2) sets of check prints (minimum)
  • Allow 2 to 3 weeks for review of the first plan check, and 1 to 2 weeks for subsequent plan check reviews
  • Your engineer submits for review, calculations supporting the water system network design, water consumption, irrigation system demands, and Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD)‐approved fire flow requirements
  • All LBWD‐approved drawings for public water and/or sewer facilities will be drafted on 22 x 34 inch mylars showing both plan and profile
  • Your engineer will submit “As‐Builts” or Record Drawings to LBWD at the completion of your project, both in hard (paper) and electronic (AutoCAD) copy

Click here for drawing requirements
Click here for LBWD water system design guidelines
Click here for LBWD sewer system design guidelines

For any questions related to your project’s plan check process, please contact us at:

Email:Water‐ServiceCounter@lbwater.org
Call: (562) 570‐2419