The Engineering Division provides the Town of Wellesley with professional engineering, landscape architecture, and technical services required to plan, coordinate, develop, design, construct, operate, and maintain Town facilities and infrastructure. Tasks involve deed information, computer-aided design and drafting, Geographic Information System (GIS) implementation, surveying, inspection of construction
projects, and landscape design and planning. Engineering Division responsibilities include the following five programs:
Planning & Design
Survey & Inspection
Town Plans & Records
Street Occupancy Permits
Planning & Design
The Engineering Division develops and reviews studies, designs, plans, and specifications for Town projects. Planning and Design activities include:
Designing and preparing plans for proposed construction, maintenance and landscape projects
Reviewing plans for conformance to Towns standards
Preparing specifications, estimates of quantities and cost estimates
Coordinating and preparing reports to governmental agencies to fulfill regulatory requirements
Reviewing subdivision and land survey plans from engineers
Developing easement plans for footways, roadways and utility installations
Survey & Inspection
The Engineering Division performs surveys and provides contract administration and inspection of construction for DPW projects. The Engineering Division is responsible for ensuring compliance with approved plans and specifications and conformance to applicable design standards, bylaws, special acts, Massachusetts General Laws, and standard engineering practices.
Survey and Inspection activities include conducting field surveys and project management for:
DPW maintenance projects
Sidewalk and driveway apron construction
Water and sewer line location and construction
Parking lot and road surveys
DPW construction contracts
Traffic counts and surveys
Town Plans and Records
The Engineering Division maintains the following Town plans, files, and records for the coordination of Town projects.
Town plans (80 and 40 scale)
Construction and easement plans
Street acceptance plans
Zoning maps and the 105mm preservation file of 3,500 pertinent land plans
Public utility connection information
Plot plan file
Photograph and contract file
Capital Improvement contracts (progress payments)
State and local permits
Federal and state grant records relating to water and sewer construction, solid waste and recycling programs
The Engineering Division maintains maps and plans of the Town’s sanitary sewer system. These maps indicate whether or not a particular location is connected to town sewer. These maps also indicate whether or not there is a sewer available in the street for connection, if desired.
A plot plan is a plan of a particular lot or property. Plot plans indicate the dimensions and area of a lot. The plot plans available at the Engineering Division office are not certified plot plans and cannot be used for mortgage plans. The plot plans provided are typically 8 1/2" x 11" copies of the Assessor’s Plans, also known as the Town Atlas.
Accepted and Unaccepted Ways (Public Ways and Private Ways)
The Engineering Division maintains records and plans of street acceptance. If a street or road (referred to as a way) has been accepted by Town Meeting, then it is a "public way." Otherwise, it is a "private way."
Engineering Division records indicate whether a particular way was accepted, when it was accepted, its length and the location of the street acceptance recording at the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds (Book# and Page#).
Street Occupancy & Trench Permits
Permits for street occupancy and excavations are typically issued from the beginning of April through early November. See answers to Frequently Asked Questions in the 'Information' section above.