Snowmelt Systems

This guideline has been developed to assist you in your efforts to install a Snowmelt System. Prior to installation of a snowmelt system, a permit must be obtained from the City of Wheaton Building Department. Submittal of an Application for Permit is required for installation of a snowmelt system on private property and if the installation includes the City right-of-way submittal of a Curb, Drive Approach & Public Walk Application is also required. Provided below is information that addresses what needs to be submitted to the City, pertinent building codes, permit fees and required inspections. These guidelines are by no means all-inclusive, but they do identify the most critical requirements that are involved in this type of project. Please review this information and contact the City of Wheaton Building Department with questions.

Associated Documents
Please review the DSIRE web link to determine if your project qualifies for any energy savings or rebate programs, note these programs can change and/or expire.

Required Submittals
The following documents need to be submitted to initiate a review of your project:

  1. Building Application for Permit (for snowmelt system on private property)
    Building Application for Permit shall include: site address, description of work, contractor(s), the total cost of work to be performed, permit applicant contact information, etc.
  2. Contractor Requirements see Contractor Requirements.
  3. Plat of Survey
    Provide two (2) scaled copies of the legal plat of survey that identifies the location of the snowmelt piping layout on private property as well as on the City right-of-way.
  4. Technical Data Sheet(s) for Boiler and Controls
    Provide two (2) copies of the manufacturer’s technical data sheet(s) of the boiler and associated controls, as well as the reduced pressure zone backflow preventer (RPZ).
  5. Curb, Drive Approach & Public Walk Application; (for snowmelt system in City right-of-way)
    Provide Curb, Drive Approach and Public Walk Application which includes: site address, description of work, contractor(s) name and address, permit applicant contact information, etc.
  6. Construction, Use and Indemnification Agreement (when snowmelt system will be installed in City right-of-way)
    Provide notarized Snowmelt System Indemnification Form. Please note, within the Indemnification Form you are asked to provide “Exhibit A” and “Exhibit B”.
    Exhibit A: is the legal description, address, as well as Parcel Index Number (P.I.N) of the subject property. You may cut and paste a photocopy of the legal description and P.I.N from the plat of survey onto “Exhibit A” and include the address.
    Exhibit B: you must submit an additional document labeled “Exhibit B” depicting the scope of work which can be a copy of the plat of survey identifying the snowmelt piping layout in the City right-of-way.

Current Codes
See the document titled Codes & Design Criteria that identifies current codes that may be applicable to your construction project.

Significant Codes - Building

  1. Construction, Use and Indemnification Agreement
    Per Wheaton City Code, Ordinance No. O-2020-5, Chapter 22 Building and Building Regulations, Article I, Section 22-8. Please refer to the Wheaton City Code for the specifics. Following is an abbreviated version of the Ordinance:
    1. The sole responsibility for the maintenance and repair of the snowmelt system is the obligation of the owner;
    2. The indemnification agreement requires approval by the corporate authority;
    3. The indemnification agreement releases the City from any and all claims; and
    4. The snowmelt system shall be designed, installed and operated so as not to cause accumulation of ice on public walks, curbs, gutter, and roadway.
  2. RPZ Valve
    Any snowmelt system connected to a potable water supply shall be equipped with a reduced pressure principle backflow preventer assembly (RPZ). The RPZ may be located outside provided it conforms to the State Plumbing Code Section 890.1130(g) (1). No backflow preventer assembly shall be installed where it would be subject to freezing conditions.
  3. Digging
    The contractor shall contact J.U.L.I.E. at 1-800-892-0123 or 811 for utility locations prior to installation.
  4. Initial RPZ Certification Test
    All requirements listed in the Wheaton City Code Chapter 74, Article V Cross Connection Control, shall apply. A copy of the RPZ certification shall be placed by the RPZ valve and a copy sent to the City Water Division, 210 Reber St., Wheaton, IL 60187.
  5. Annual RPZ Certification Test
    Per the State Plumbing Code, RPZ valves are to be tested annually by a state-licensed CCCDI. The test report is to be mailed to the City Water Division, 210 Reber St., Wheaton, IL 60187.
  6. Snowmelt System Controls
    The International Energy Conservation Code states, when the snowmelt system is supplied through energy service to the building, it shall include automatic controls capable of shutting off the system when the pavement temperature is above 50°F, and no precipitation is falling and an automatic or manual control that will allow shutoff when the outdoor temperature is above 40°F.

Permit Fees
For associated Planning, Engineering and Building fees, please refer to Appendix B7 Fee Schedule per the Wheaton City Code - "Community Development Fees".

For associated Sewer and Water fees, please refer to Appendix B8 Fee Schedule per the Wheaton City Code - “Public Works/Sewer & Water Fees”.

The inspections listed below are required for all Snowmelt Systems. Additional inspections may be needed based upon the scope of work. If additional inspections are required, they will be listed on the Plan Approval Notice attached to the approved plans.

Inspection of the Snowmelt System on both Private Property & City Right-of-Way:
To schedule an inspection, please call 630-260-2050 a minimum of 24 hours in advance, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday.

Type of Inspection
When to Call
Rough Mechanical
Once the piping/coils are installed.
Final Mechanical
After the concrete is poured and the snowmelt system is fully functional.

Inspection of Drive Approach Form Work:
To schedule an inspection, please call 630-260-2110 a minimum of 4 hours in advance, between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Type of Inspection
When to Call
For Contractor’s that have never performed work in the City of Wheaton right-of-way.
Framing & Base
When forms are installed and prior to pouring concrete.
Final Inspection
After the concrete has been poured.

Contact Us
City of Wheaton Building & Code Enforcement Department
Address: 303 W. Wesley Street, Wheaton, IL 60187
Phone Calls:

  • Inspection Scheduling: 630-260-2050
  • Fax: 630-260-2195

Business hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Revised 3/13/2020