Utilities Planning
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2021 ORANGE COUNTY UTILITIES STANDARDS & CONSTRUCTION SPECIFICATIONS MANUAL

The 2021 Orange County Utilities Standards and Construction Specifications Manual identifies minimum design standards and specifications, submittal requirements, and approval or acceptance procedures to be used for water, wastewater, and reclaimed water systems that will be maintained and operated or served by Orange County Utilities. The effective date of the 2021 Manual will be October 10, 2021. Questions regarding the manual should be emailed to Standards.Committee@ocfl.net.

The 2021 Orange County Utilities Standards and Construction Specifications Manual will be posted after it is made fully Section 508 compliant for accessibility and prior to October 10, 2021.

June 2021 FINAL DRAFT Orange County Utilities Standards and Construction Specifications Manual March 2021 Meeting: DRAFT Orange County Utilities Standards and Construction Specifications Manual proposed changes

Hard copies of the DRAFT documents are not being provided.

If you have any issues accessing the drafts, please email Standards.Committee@ocfl.net for assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions

The 2021 Manual received Director Approval August 23, 2021. Its effective date will be October 10, 2021, which exceeds the minimum 30 days as required by Section 1111 of the manual following approval by the Utilities Director.

The 2021 Manual is currently being made fully Section 508 compliant for accessibility. The conformed 2021 Manual, incorporating all tracked changes and redlines, will be posted prior to the October 10, 2021, effective date. Until the conformed manual is posted, the content is available as presented in the June 2021 Final Draft.

Initial submittals received by the Orange County Utilities Development Engineering Division on or after October 10, 2021, will be reviewed for compliance with the standards described in the 2021 Manual.

There will be a six-month grace period for projects received by the Orange County Utilities Development Engineering Division prior to October 10, 2021. Your project can remain under the 2011 Manual as long as it is approved by April 10, 2022. “Approved” means that plans must be technically approved by all participating departments. The plans don’t have to be stamped and released by April 10, 2022, to qualify. The approval will be valid for one year. If the preconstruction meeting isn’t held within a year, the approval will expire, and the plans will need to be updated to the 2021 standards. If a preconstruction meeting is held but no active construction commences for six months, the approval will expire, and the plans will need to be updated to the 2021 standards. Exceptions to this are those projects that received extensions pursuant to relevant Senate bills or emergency declarations.

Projects approved under the 2011 Manual may utilize Appendix D approved products from either the 2011 Manual or the 2021 Manual beginning August 23, 2021, through the completion of the project. However, not all approved products from the 2011 and 2021 Manuals are completely interchangeable or compatible, and it shall be the Owner and Engineer of Record’s responsibility to coordinate with Orange County Utilities for applicability and compatibility with respect to the project. Projects approved under the 2021 Manual may only utilize the 2021 Appendix D approved products.

Projects approved under the 2011 Manual may utilize Standards and Specifications, including Standard Drawing Details, from either the 2011 Manual or the 2021 Manual beginning August 23, 2021, through the completion of the project. However, not all details and specifications from the 2011 and 2021 Manuals are completely interchangeable, and it shall be the Owner and Engineer of Record’s responsibility to determine the applicability and compatibility of the 2021 Manual with respect to the project. Projects approved under the 2021 Manual may only utilize the 2021 Standards and Specifications, including Standard Drawing Details.

When submitting final record drawings or FDEP partial record drawing clearances, please refer to the 2021 Orange County Utilities Standards and Construction Specifications Manual. For additional clarification, please see below.

  • Record documents digital upload via BOX
  • Surveyor as-builts signed and sealed
  • Engineer of Record – Record drawings signed and sealed
  • Include the coordinate asset table on the record drawings and as an Excel file for coordinate data
  • Include deflection table as an Excel file for deflection data
  • Provide AutoCAD file in .dxf or .dwg format
  • Geotechnical data related to utilities work only
  • Final record drawings combine all previous partial clearances, contractor as-builts, surveyed coordinates with asset table, and all Orange County Utilities work into one complete set.

Please email questions and comments to Standards.Committee@ocfl.net.

2011 OC Utilities Standards & Construction
Specifications Manual

The 2011 Orange County Utilities Standards and Construction Specifications Manual identifies minimum design standards and specifications, submittal requirements, and approval or acceptance procedures to be used for water, wastewater, and reclaimed water systems that will be maintained and operated by the Orange County Utilities Department. Questions about the manual should be emailed to Standards.Committee@ocfl.net.

The manual is available in hard copy for $20. You can request a hard copy by calling (407) 254-9900 or sending us an email.

Submittal
Requirements

Record Drawing Submittal Requirements for Final Record Drawings or FDEP Partial Clearances:

Please refer to the 2011 Orange County Utilities Standards and Construction Specifications Manual when submitting final Record Drawings or FDEP partial Record Drawing clearances. See below for additional clarification:

  • Provide a complete set of scans signed and sealed by the Engineer of Record. Include a TIFF image for each sheet and a complete set in a single Adobe PDF file.
  • Provide three hard copies signed and sealed by the Engineer of Record.
  • Provide one hard copy signed and sealed by the surveyor and a CD containing an Excel file of the following tables:
  • Provide the AutoCAD file in .dxf or .dwg format.
  • Final Record Drawings combine all previous partial clearances, contractor As-builts, surveyed coordinates with asset table, and all Orange County Utilities work into one complete set.

Approval Process
and Procedures

CCTV Inspection Contractors for Wastewater Gravity Systems:

CCTV contractors who want to be added to the Orange County Utilities List of Approved CCTV Inspection Contractors for Wastewater Gravity Systems must follow the procedures set forth in the CCTV Approval Process provided below. CCTV contractors must submit the CCTV Inspection Contractor Qualification Form, along with all requested information and documentation, by email to Standards.Committee@ocfl.net.

Hydraulic Modeling Analysis

You will need to obtain connection pressure information from Orange County to properly design the water, wastewater, and/or reclaimed water system for your project. Request a hydraulic modeling analysis as follows.

For water and reclaimed water systems, prepare a written request including:

  • Fire flow demand. (water requests only)
  • Maximum day demand.
  • Location of your proposed connection point. Provide a sketch with an address or parcel ID.

Submit the request to HGL.Requests@ocfl.net.

For wastewater systems, prepare a written request including:

  • Average daily flow.
  • Peak hourly flow.
  • Location of proposed connection point. Provide a sketch with an address or parcel ID.
  • Request for pressure at the connection location.

Submit the request to HGL.Requests@ocfl.net.

For fire sprinkler systems, contact the Field Support Center (FSC) at (407) 836-6818 or send an email to UD-FSC@ocfl.net to schedule a fire hydrant flow test. The Orange County Office of the Fire Marshal requires a fire hydrant flow test for fire sprinkler system designs.

Contact Us

Utilities Engineering Division
Development Engineering Section
9150 Curry Ford Road, 2nd Floor
Orlando, FL 32825

Email: Utilities.DevEngineering@ocfl.net
Phone: (407) 254-9900

All e-mail sent to this address becomes part of Orange County public record. Comments received by our e-mail subsystem can be read by anyone who requests that privilege. In compliance with "Government in the Sunshine" laws, Orange County Government must make available, at request, any and all information not deemed a threat to the security of law enforcement agencies and personnel.