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Engineering

Q: How do I get information on City Benchmarks?
A: Contact Public Works Administration at (817)743-4080 or Download the City Benchmarks (PDF). 

Q: How do I get Traffic Count information?
A: Contact Public Works Administration at (817)743-4080 or Download the Traffic Count Report (PDF).

Q: What type of maintenance bond does the City require for construction of public improvements?
A: The City of Keller requires a two (2) year, 100% maintenance bond for all public improvements constructed in the city. Public improvements are streets, sidewalks, drainage facilities, and water and sewer lines. The city has a standard bond form.

Q: How do I apply for and obtain a grading permit?
A: The Public Works Engineering Division will issue a grading permit for general earthwork after a grading plan showing proposed grading and erosion control measures (including a storm water pollution prevention plan if necessary) has been submitted and approved.

Q: How can I tell if my house or property is located within the floodplain?
A: The Public Works Engineering Division maintains current FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps and Letters of Map Revision. We also keep on file all drainage studies that may have been
completed on the various creeks within the City limits of Keller. Contact the Public Works Engineering Division at (817)743-4080 with your address and we can help you determine whether or not your house or property are shown in the FEMA designated floodplain. For additional information please visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) website at http:www.fema.gov

Q: Can I build anything in an easement?
A: You should not construct any structures within an easement. One exception, however, is that fencing may be placed in some easements subject to local deed restrictions. Please contact the City's Community Development Department at (817)743-4130 for further clarification of your specific situation. 

Q: How do I abandon an easement?
A: You should contact the City’s Community Development Department at (817)743-4130 to
obtain an easement abandonment form and further information. You will need to have a surveyor prepare an exhibit and metes and bounds description of the area to be abandoned. You will also need to provide documentation that those private utility companies that have rights to use the easement do not object to the abandonment.

Q: How do I get a survey of my property?
A: The city does not have surveys of private property. You will need to contact a surveyor to have one prepared. 

Q: Does the city have standard construction details?
A: Yes, for more information, contact Public Works Engineering Division at (817)743-4080.

Q: What does the "100-year flood" mean?
A:The term "100-year flood" is misleading. It is not the flood that will occur once every 100 years. Rather, it is the flood elevation that has a 1- percent chance of being equaled or exceeded each year. Thus, the 100-year flood could occur more than once in a relatively short period of time. The 100-year flood, which is the standard used by most Federal and state agencies, is used by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) as the standard for floodplain management and to determine the need for flood insurance. A structure located within a special flood hazard area shown on an NFIP map has a 26 percent chance of suffering flood damage during the term of a 30-year mortgage.  For additional information click here and please visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) website at www.fema.gov for more "Frequently Asked Question" which pertains to floodplain issues.

Q: Who do I need to speak with to construct something in a floodplain?
A: Please contact Public Works Engineering Division at (817)743-4080 and they will forward your inquiry to the appropriate staff person.  For additional information click here and please visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) website at http:www.fema.gov.

Q: How do I get an elevation certificate?
A: The city does not provide elevation certificates. You may contact an engineer or surveyor of your choice to obtain an elevation certificate.

Q: There is new construction behind my lot and I’m having drainage problems due to the construction. Is there anything the city can do to make the developer drain his development away from me?
A: There is a misconception that new development is not allowed to drain onto existing development. If the area drained onto the adjacent property prior to development, it may continue to do so after development. If problems are being created during construction, please contact Public Works Engineering Division at (817)743-4080 and we will investigate to determine whether the development is being properly constructed. 

Q: The new construction behind my house is causing a lot of dirt and sediment to enter my yard. Can the city force the builder to place erosion protection on his lot?
A: Please contact Public Works Engineering Division at (817)743-4080. It is helpful if you know the name of the adjacent development. The developer of a subdivision or a commercial site is required to maintain pollution control on his property until adequate vegetation is established.

Q: What is the construction schedule for a particular City project?
A: You may contact Public Works Engineering Division at (817)743-4080 to request information on specific projects under construction within the City. You will need the street name, type of project, and a daytime phone number for the return call.

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