Development Services (Permits & Records)

The Development Services Branch of MSD’s Wastewater Engineering division is responsible for working with developers, plumbers, septage haulers, property owners and others to address the following:

  • Issuing sewer tap permits to licensed tappers and disposal tickets to septage haulers
  • Providing tap records and building sewer information
  • Overseeing tapper licensing
  • Reviewing building permit applications as provided by the building departments related to sewers and grease traps
  • Addressing requests for sewer availability and issuing availability of sewer service information for new developments, redevelopments, or subdivisions
  • Providing developer concept and plan reviews
  • Submitting Ohio Permit to Install applications on behalf of developers
  • Providing storm water detention review per MSD requirements for projects within combined sewer areas
  • Providing utility reviews for governmental departments and other projects
  • Issuing excavation fill permits and establishing bonding for construction above, adjacent to, or within existing sewers or sewer easements
  • GIS mapping and sewer records of the existing sewer system

  • Note: Industrial permits are handled by MSD’s Regulatory Compliance & Safety division, Industrial Waste branch.


    The Development Services office is located:

    Wastewater Engineering/Education Center building
    1035 Woodrow St. Cincinnati, OH 45204
    Office hours are Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
    (513) 244-1330

    Please see below for guides, applications, fees, and other information:

    Assessment Sewers

    Availability of Sewer Service

    Questions about availability of sewer service may be sent to MSDAvailability@cincinnati-oh.gov.

    Grease Trap Review

    Questions about the grease trap review may be sent to SewerUseApplications@cincinnati-oh.gov.

    Tap Permits

    General questions concerning tap permits may be sent to MSDTapPermits@cincinnati-oh.gov.

    Private Building Sewers - Maintenance Responsibility

    A building sewer is the underground sewer pipe that connects the plumbing in a home or business to the MSD public sewer system. It’s also called a house tap, lateral line, or building sewer lateral. Property owners are responsible for keeping the entire length of a building sewer clear of clogs and blockages and for repairing any broken or collapsed portion of the building sewer that is located on their private property.

    Sewer Tappers

    General questions concerning sewer tapper issues may be sent to MSDTapPermits@cincinnati-oh.gov.

    Septic Haulers

    Contact Us

    Report a Sewer Backup:
    (513) 352-4900 24/7 or online

    Customer Call Center:
    (513) 352-4900 24/7

    Project Customer Service:
    (513) 557-3594

    Development Services:
    (513) 244-1330

    Media Inquiries:
    (513) 557-7095

    Email:
    MSD.Communications@cincinnati-oh.gov

    MSD Mailing Address:
    1600 Gest St.
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45204

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