Encroachment Permits

About Encroachment Permits

Encroachment permits are required from property owners and utility companies for any work conducted in the public right-of-way or on City-owned property or easements. Encroachment permits allow a licensed contractor to work within the City’s right-of-way or easements and are inspected by the City.

Public Right-of-Way

Public right-of-way typically includes driveway approaches, sidewalks, parkways, trails, and streets. For any improvements or any situation where you or your contractor plans to encroach upon the public right-of-way, (such as concrete work, brickwork, landscaping, and traffic control in the street/sidewalk/ public area), an encroachment permit is required in advance. Never assume your property ends at the curb or sidewalk in front of your home. It is best to verify your property line or City easement prior to any construction activities by contacting the Public Works Department. Large construction trash bins and moving containers are generally prohibited from the public right-of-way for sight visibility and safety reasons.

Apply for a Permit

Encroachment permits are not over-the-counter permits; these permits require review and approval prior to work. It can take up to two weeks to issue an encroachment permit, depending on the type work being done; please plan accordingly. The following are general requirements to apply for a permit:

Cost / Fees

The cost of an Encroachment permit is based on the permit fee, inspection fee, and deposit (when applicable) as determined by the Public Works Fees (PDF).

POLICIES E-5 AND E-5A

ENCROACHMENT ONTO CITY-OWNED PROPERTY, EASEMENTS, AND RIGHT-OF-WAY

City Council Policy E-5 Encroachment onto City Property or Easement (PDF) and City Council Policy E-5A Encroachment and uses within City Easement (PDF) establish guidelines and procedures for issuing permits for encroachments onto City-owned property, easements, and right of way. Typical purposes of City easements are access, drainage, storm drain, and underground structures/utilities. 


The policies describe the encroachments as temporary, long term, and permanent. Fixed, permanent structures or improvements that encroach upon City easements are not allowed, except in those instances where there is no significant impact on the City easement involved, and/or where it is not practical to formally vacate such easement. 


The policies identify the term “no significant impact” as an encroachment of one foot or less onto a City-owned property, easement, or right-of-way, which does not deprive the public from the normal use and enjoyment of the remaining property/easement or adversely impact the purpose of the easement. Any permanent easement encroachment request over the one-foot limit is subject to a vacation request or other action required by City Council.

Underground service alert

Please be sure to visit Underground Service Alert of Southern California (USA) to have underground public utilities marked near any work site that will involve excavation at least 2 full working days before excavation is scheduled to begin.