Excavation Process & Requirements

View a list of 2022-23 Approved Excavators

Excavating Contractors Registration Process

Effective May 1, 2007 all contractors wishing to excavate streets within the icty of Chelsea must be registered with the Department of Public Works.

If you wish to apply, please follow the steps below.

  1. Fill out application (All pages are required).
  2. Submit Certificate of Liability Insurance and Bond in the amount of $10,000.
  3. Submit application by April 30th of each year.
  4. Apply yearly to keep registration open (to renew, click here) application is online https://epay.cityhallsystems.com/selection.
  5. $100 yearly fee.
  6. Have minimum of 3 municipality references.
DPW has up to 7-10 business days to review applications and send notice to the contractor. If you have any questions please contact DPW 617-466-4200.

DPW Permit Database

Below you will find a weekly updated spreadsheet showing all ongoing permits in the City of Chelsea with the Department of Public Works. If you know the party or the permit number you are searching for, use the Find or Search option in your browser to bring up the result.

Select a tab at the bottom of the spreadsheet for:

  • Street Openings
  • Street Occupancy
  • Approved Excavators
  • Lead service replacements
If you have additional questions or difficulty finding a permit, please contact Public Works at (617) 466-4200 or call 311. Our staff will be happy to assist you.

Permit # Applicant Location Proposed work Dig Safe End Date
5699 National Grid Cottage St- Highland to Eastern Av Main relay due to road reclamation 20220701874 2/15/2023
5732 Sps New England Broadway @ Fourth St Install MBTA Solar E-ink Real time Arrival Time 20222116297 7/29/2022
5740 National Grid 2-56 Washington Ave & 9-30 Sixth St Main replacement due to LPP Integrity Management 20221207367 8/26/2022 
5741 National Grid 25 6th St Cut and Cap, Gas Service 20222405398 7/14/2022
5743 National Grid Grove St. @ 207 Shurtleff Relay a gas Service 20222513754 7/29/2022
5751 National Grid 100-100A Chestnut st Cathodic Protection- Install a test station on service 20222802523 8/11/2022
5757 Tufts Construction Franklin St. @ 63 Harvard Curb Cut 2022-301-4837 8/19/2022