What cities and towns does the NBC service?

The NBC services more than 360,000 customers and 7,700 businesses in ten communities. These communities include: Providence, North Providence, Johnston, Pawtucket, Central Falls, Cumberland, Lincoln, and parts of Cranston, East Providence, and Smithfield.

When should I apply for a sewer connection permit?

Smart contractors plan ahead and maximize their profits by including permit fees in all their bids. If the property generates sanitary or industrial wastewater, is located within the NBC district, and accesses the public sewer, then the property owner must build a service connection to the public sewer. Remember, you must have an NBC sewer connection permit before a city or town will issue a building permit.

Are there different types of connections?

There are two types of connections. A direct connection ties directly into an NBC-owned sewer. An indirect connection connects to a city or town sewer system which ultimately connects to the NBC sewer system. The correct connection type will be determined by the NBC.

What type of construction requires an NBC Sewer Connection Permit?

Generally, an NBC permit is required before beginning construction of the following:

  • Any commercial, industrial or publicly-owned building.
  • Any residential building that will use NBC treatment facilities.
  • A non-profit institution
  • A subdivision
  • A remodeling project that will result in 20% increase in water discharge
  • Any structure that directly or indirectly connects into an NBC sewer pipe

A phone call to the NBC permitting office can quickly determine what type of permit you will need.

How long does it take to get a permit?

Once your permit application arrives at NBC, a single family dwelling permit may be issued within one (1) week. Commercial and industrial permits take slightly longer, usually five (5) to ten (10) business days.

What information will I need to complete the permit application?

The Sewer Connection Permit Application consists of nine (9) basic questions:

  1. Applicant’s name and address
  2. Property owner’s name and address
  3. Name of person receiving the sewer bill
  4. Person who should be notified of the sewer permit application decision
  5. The property address for the proposed sewer connection
  6. The type of building that will connect to the sewer
  7. Number of plumbing fixtures being installed
  8. Quantity of wastewater that will be generated
  9. The construction schedule and which drain layer is providing the connection
  10. Name of drain layer whom is providing the connection

The application must be accompanied by:

  • A minimum of three (3) sketches or maps identifying the location of the property to be connected to the sewer
  • A sketch of the street identifying all utilities
  • A general layout of the building’s floor plan(s) and plumbing plan(s)

Where can I get a permit application?

To get a permit application or extra copies of this brochure and for information regarding permit fees, contact the Narragansett Bay Commission’s Permit Office at (401) 461-8848 or visit our website at www.narrabay.com.

Does the NBC offer other Business Assistance Programs?

Yes, there are several free assistance programs that are designed to help your business use its resources more efficiently. NBC offers expertly trained staff from its Water Audit Program and Pollution Prevention Programs who will review your company’s practices and recommend methods and procedures to minimize your overall water consumption, decrease waste at its source, and help reduce your water and sewer use fees. For more information about the business assistance programs, contact the NBC.