Permits and Development

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The City has established specific language provisions, which must be included on a final plat of subdivision or highway. Click on the list below to view a copy of the language provisions required by the City.

Right-of-way Permits

If you are a public utility, and would like to apply for a permit to conduct work in the City’s right-of-way, please use the City’s ROWay online permit system. You can access the ROWay permit system at http://crystallake.il.roway.net/.

Performance and Maintenance Sureties
The developer of a project in the City often includes construction of infrastructure improvements that services that development and then turns the public infrastructure improvements over to the City. Before construction begins, the City Code requires the developer submit to the City a performance surety that helps guarantee that the infrastructure improvements will be completed.

Most performance sureties are in the amount of 120 percent of the engineer's estimate of cost. Some stormwater management improvements may require a surety up to 150 percent of the engineer's estimate of cost according to the County and City's Stormwater Ordinances. Engineering staff is available to help determine the required surety values on a project-by-project basis.

If something happens, such as the developer goes out of business, and the infrastructure improvements cannot be completed by the developer, the City can use the performance surety to complete these public infrastructure improvements without additional burdens on the taxpayer. The specific value of the performance surety will be determined during the development review process.

A performance surety can take the form of one of the following:

  • A letter of credit
  • A performance bond
  • Cash, which the City will keep in an escrow account.

A performance bond submitted to the City for a development must be from a bond company that has an A.M. Best rating of A, A+, or A++.

Once the infrastructure improvements have been completed and accepted by the City, the developer is required to provide a maintenance surety in the amount of five percent of the original engineer's estimate of cost for no less than two years. This is to ensure that the infrastructure improvements will continue to function into the future, and to make sure that the developer will fix any issues that may arise in that two year period. The surety will be in the amount of five percent of the original performance surety. Like the performance surety, the maintenance surety can be a letter of credit, bond, or escrow deposit with the City.

Please see below for the City’s sample language for letters of credit and bonds.
Sample Letter of Credit
Sample Bond
Escrow Agreement

Standard Details

Storm Water Permits

General Flood Hazard Information

National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)