Directional Bore Work

Detailed Plans

Ogden City Engineering requires detailed plans showing locations of all excavations (including bore pits, vaults, hand-hold boxes, pedestals, etc) and also showing the location of the bore path (dimensioned off of back of curb or front of sidewalk).

Preconstruction Meeting

An on-site Preconstruction Meeting is required with all directional bore jobs in Ogden City at least 24 hours (1 business day) prior to work starting.  Please contact your Engineering Inspector to Schedule. 

Bore Logs

All Bore Logs must be submitted to the Engineering Inspector

Video Inspection

It is Ogden City’s policy on Directional Bore jobs that the contractor video-inspect every sewer lateral that is crossed by the bore, to check for possible damage caused in the course of the job.  The video inspection is required AFTER the bore is complete, however, there are some contractors who will inspect before AND after the bore, to make sure there isn’t pre-existing damage that they might be held liable for.  Either way is fine; the choice is up to the contractor.


Boring Under a River

Boring under a river requires prior approval from the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM).  Here are the suggested steps in accomplishing this:

  1. Download Application Form (Form SF-299)
  2. Download and read the pamphlet "OBTAINING A RIGHT-OF-WAY ON PUBLIC LANDS". This will help you fill the form out properly.
  3. Contact the Utah State Office of the Bureau of Land Management and arrange to submit your completed application.

River crossings are only permitted by Ogden City once we have received a copy of your approved Federal Right-of-Way application.


Working Near Trees in the Right-of-Way

Trees in the park strip and other areas of the Right-of-Way are owned and maintained by Ogden City.  All concerns dealing with tree trimming, broken branches or the general health of city trees should be directed to the Ogden City Urban Forester (801-629-8284)

When working near trees in the City Right-of-Way, contractors must take measures to protect the trees.  Please see document linked below:

Protecting City Trees while working in the Right-of-Way

For more information, please see the Urban Forestry Contractor Packet

Landscape Restoration and Repairs

Landscaping at bore-pit locations or any other locations damaged or disturbed by contractor MUST be restored to a condition equal to or better than it was previous to the bore job.  

Any components of an irrigation or sprinkler system (pipe, control wire) that are damaged as a result of permitted directional bore work must be repaired immediately upon discovery.


Water Laterals

Directional bore installation of water laterals is not commonly practiced in Ogden City at this time.  These jobs are reviewed on a case by case basis by the City Engineer's office.

Sewer Laterals

Directional bore installation of sewer laterals is not commonly practiced in Ogden City at this time.  These jobs are reviewed on a case by case basis by the City Engineer's office.  Pipe-bursting is an acceptable practice as it re-uses an existing pipe path and presents little (if any) risk of damaging other buried utilities