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.

    Sewer Tappers

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

    Septic Haulers

    Contact Us

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    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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