The Engineering Department (also formally called the Department of Infrastructure Engineering) is responsible for major capital projects as well as maintaining, inspecting, and reviewing construction and repairs associated with the Town of Dedham 's municipal infrastructure. Per the revised Town Charter, the Engineering Department is headed up by a Director of Engineering who reports directly to the Town Administrator.
On a day-to-day basis the Engineering Department provides technical support to residents, contractors, consultants, and other Town departments, boards and agencies regarding the installation and development of roads, sewers, drains, and buildings. Some of the typical responsibilities of the Engineering Department involve the design, permitting, review and inspection of sewers, drainage systems, culverts, roads and bridges. In addition, they include the design and field engineering for various Municipal Public Works projects, the monitoring and repairing of the Town’s sewer collection system, and assessing and improving the Town’s drainage system. The Department also coordinates with consultants, bids and awards contracts in its efforts to successfully complete many projects efficiently and cost effectively.
The Department utilizes the Town’s GIS system for obtaining existing infrastructure data, and updates and improves the system as necessary. The Department utilizes this field data along with survey information collected with AutoCAD, ArcGIS and various engineering design software for developing drawings for Town projects.
The Engineering Department is available to answer questions on drainage, sewer and other land development issues, in addition to performing technical reviews for site plans and subdivision plans in support of other Town Departments.
The following information can be picked up at the Engineering Department or downloaded here by clicking on what you need below.
- Sewer Application/Permit for Installation of a Sewer Connection, Sewer Extension or Sewer Repair
- Sewer Permit Fees
- Drainlayer's Application
- Sewer Regulations
- Current List of Licensed Drainlayers
Of particular importance to the Engineering Department is the reduction of extraneous water or inflow and infiltration (I/I) which enters the Town's aging collection system. The primary ongoing goal of the Engineering Department is to reduce the quantity of I/I entering the system and to extend the service life of the system through preventative maintenance measures.