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Section I. General Conditions

All improvements included in the City of Aurora Standard Specifications For Improvements, unless noted herein, shall conform to the State of Illinois “Standard Specifications For Road and Bridge Construction”, latest edition; the current “Standard Specifications For Water And Sewer Main Construction In Illinois”, “Illinois Accessibility Code” latest edition and all amendments thereto. These documents shall be considered as part of the City of Aurora Standard Specifications For Improvements. In the case of a conflict between any part, or parts of the said specifications, the most stringent requirements shall apply.

All work performed under these specifications shall be done by qualified approved contractors and subcontractors familiar with the type of work to be accomplished. Prior to awarding any contract for work to be done under these specifications, the developer or general contractor shall furnish to the City the names and addresses of the contractors and subcontractors as they become available.

The City Engineer may, under special conditions, grant variances within the intent of these specifications. Any changes in the approved plans must have prior approval in writing by the City Engineer.

These specifications shall become a part of each and every project approved by the City Engineer and all such signatures shall be conditioned upon the specifications unless noted otherwise.

The City Engineer, or his representative, will, upon notice of improper material or installation practices, issue a written document to the developer, or his contractor, stating that failure to stop and correct such deficiencies will result in the City’s refusal to accept such improvements. If the work being performed causes an unsafe condition, the City Engineer will issue a stop order. Failure to comply and eliminate the unsafe conditions will invoke the penalty clauses contained within the Subdivision Control Ordinance.

Contractors that have done unsatisfactory work within the City of Aurora will not be allowed to work within the public Right of Way.

A. Plan and Stormwater Submittal

Plan submittals shall be in accordance with the Checklist For Preliminary Engineering Plans, the Checklist For Drafting of Final Engineering Plans, and the Checklist For Final Engineering Plan Submittal provided in the Appendix of this document.

B. Plan Review and Inspection Fees (Section 43-105)

Effective October 2010, Resolution No. R10.317

Engineering plan filing fee

Engineering Plan Filing Fee (including preliminary engineering)
Area of Site Disturbance Fee
Less than 1 acre $500.00
Between 1 acre and 5 acres $650.00
Between 5 acres and 10 acres $850.00
Between 10 acres and 20 acres $1,000.00
More than 20 acres $1,250.00

Notes: Filing fees shall be payable to City of Aurora and is required prior to start of plan review. Filing fee shall be submitted with the initial engineering plan submittal. The filing fee will be credited towards the final engineering fee, to be determined prior to plan approval.

Engineering Plan Review Fee

Review fee shall be based on a fixed rate of 2.25% multiplied by the engineer’s estimate of public improvements, with minimum of $750.

The following are exceptions to the minimum review fee listed above:

  • For non residential or multifamily development with the followings: no public improvements, no ROW improvements, disturbance less than 5,000 SF(require no stormwater permit), no floodplain or wetland, minimum is $300.
  • For single family home or duplex on a single lot, the minimum review fee $150.00.

Engineering Inspection Fee

Inspection fee shall be based on a fixed rate of 2.25% multiplied by the engineer’s estimate of public improvements, with a minimum of $750.

The following are exceptions to the minimum inspection fee listed above:

  • For non residential or multifamily development with the followings: no public improvements, no ROW improvements, disturbance less than 5,000 SF(require no stormwater permit), no floodplain or wetland, the minimum is $300.
  • For single family home or duplex on a single lot, the minimum inspection fee $150.00.

Notes: Plan and Inspection fees shall be payable to the City of Aurora and is required prior to plan approval.

Certificate of Occupancy Re-Inspection for Single Family Lot

Re-inspection fee of $50 for the first re-inspection and $100 for each subsequent re-inspection shall be assessed. Fee shall be due and payable to City prior to re-inspection taking place.

C. Monuments and Markers

A concrete survey monument, as defined in the next paragraph, shall be placed at intervals throughout the subdivision, which will allow a reasonable reconstruction of all positions therein to the satisfaction of the City Engineer.

The monuments shall be of concrete no less than four inches (4") in diameter and forty-eight inches (48") deep with a center solid steel rod ten inches (10") long cast in the center thereof and flush with the top surface. All corners of lots or changes in direction not marked by a monument shall be marked by iron pipe or steel bars not less than one-half inch (1/2") in diameter and eighteen inches (18") long. Each monument shall be visible from at least one other monument.

The top of all monuments and markers shall be set no more than six inches (6") below finish landscape grade.

As a required condition before final acceptance of the improvements, all monuments and markers shall be exposed and marked with lath and flagging at the time of final inspection. In addition, a benchmark system (NAVD 88 datum) shall be established on each and every fire hydrant within or adjacent to the subdivision. Benchmarks shall include an elevation established on the northern-most flange bolt head for each and every fire hydrant within or immediately adjacent to the subdivision. Each such flange bolt head shall be clearly marked by a heavy chisel cross mark.

As a condition of final acceptance, the “as-built” drawings shall show the subdivision fire hydrant locations with the benchmark elevations and shall bear the signature and seal of an Illinois Registered Land Surveyor or Illinois Registered Professional Engineer.