How Do You Relocate a Hydrant from In Front of Your House?

July 26, 2018

This is a common question that we receive from homeowners across Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx. To the surprise of many homeowners, city fire hydrant relocation is possible; however, you will be responsible for covering the total cost.

In most cases the homeowner has a hydrant directly in front of where their driveway is or the proposed new driveway. Typically, fire hydrant relocation is necessary before a construction project on your outdoor property. Contractors need space to operate, so moving a fire hydrant is necessary. Further, a hydrant might be in a poor location where you risk hitting it with your car. For an NYC DEP fire hydrant relocation, you must put in a request with the city.

What is the first step?

There is a “requirements and Procedures” checklist displaying several items the homeowner must provide which you can get from the DEP and a few of the items include photos of the location, formal letter of request, consent from adjacent property owner, contractors affidavit, approval from FDNY, DOT street opening permit, plumbing contractor’s license etc.

Once all of the docs have been submitted by the homeowner to DEP, they will be reviewed and issued a formal notice to proceed. This documentation will give a detailed report covering all steps that the homeowner and the licensed plumber must take before installing the water main. Know that the DEP will only grant permission if you work with a licensed plumber like Harris Water Main & Sewer.

Each fire hydrant relocation or installation differs from the next, it is important for the plumber to review all details included in the notice to proceed as each line item may have an impact on the overall cost. Each hydrant is different and may require differing amounts of time to move.

Who is responsible for supplying the new hydrant?

The NYC DEP is always responsible for supplying the hydrant but the licensed plumber must pick it up from the DEP yard and deliver it to the work site.

A recent fire hydrant relocation

The Problem!

This water main was re-located 15’ from its current location, the first day of work was for excavating only and preparing the grounds for the next day when the actual fire hydrant relocation would take place.

Excavating begins

 

Piping for new hydrant location
Piping for new hydrant location
Piping for hydrant completed
Piping for hydrant completed
New hydrant- Problem resolved!
New hydrant- Problem resolved!

 

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