application, and the permit. The removal of the tree from the parkway
ENCROACHMENT permit section consists of standard and the related sidewalk repair.
predefined conditions along with any
PERMITS special conditions which are applied
WHERE DO I APPLY FOR AN
to the permit, the permit fees, the
trust fund deposit, if applicable, and
WHEN IS AN ENCROACHMENT construction inspection. The County
PERMIT REQUIRED? must issue a permit number before it Encroachment permit forms can be
is considered valid. obtained from the County
Transportation Department, at the
An encroachment permit is required Encroachment Permit Counter on
from the County Encroachment FOR HOW LONG IS AN
weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Permits office when work is done ENCROACHMENT PERMIT
or on line at
within the public right-of-way. VALID?
Encroachment permits are not www.countyof.org/transport-ation.
issued for work done on private Generally a permit is valid for six
property. Work is performed through months and once the permit expires,
the Engineering Services Develop- an extension can be obtained.
ment & Inspection Division of the However, in some circumstances a
Public Works Agency. new encroachment permit applica-
tion must be filed. Annual permits,
which can be issued to utility
companies, are valid for one year
from the date they are issued.
HOW MUCH DOES AN
ENCROACHMENT PERMIT WHAT ELSE DO I NEED IN
COST? ORDER TO COMPLY WITH
The cost of an encroachment permit
varies depending on the type and
In order to issue a valid
cost of the improvements being
WHAT DOES AN encroachment permit, the County
ENCROACHMENT PERMIT will typically require insurance in all
CONSIST OF? However, in a few cases, NO FEE instances where the County
permits are issued, such as when determines the public is at risk from
parkway trees cause damage to the the work being performed under the
Encroachment permits consist of sidewalk. A permit is required for the encroachment permit.
two primary sections: the
A traffic control plan will be required DigAlert Identification Number, call APPLYING FOR AN
if the work site impacts a public Underground Service Alert at TOLL
street. The traffic control will be FREE 1-800-227-2600, no sooner ENCROACHMENT
required to meet the standards set than 14 and no later than two days PERMIT
forth in the Work Area Traffic Control prior to commencing excavation
Handbook (WATCH) manual, a copy activities.
of which can be purchased from the
American Public Works Association
Other permits available include: Film
Permits, which allow still and motion
picture photography within County
roadways. Transportation Permits,
which (under specific guidelines)
allow the transporting of over-size/
over-weight loads on County roads.
If your project may potentially
involve or a complete road closure,
you will need to obtain a copy of the
County’s policy on such road
WHAT ARE THE MOST
IMPORTANT POINTS TO closures.
REMEMBER BEFORE DIGGING IN
THE PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY? REQUESTS AND INQUIRIES
If you have questions, requests, or
It is important to remember the suggestions, please call Department
following important points when at: or through the “Contact Us” link
working in the public right-of-way. at: Rev. 2/21/08
Delineate the site: It is mandatory
that the proposed excavation site be
outlined with white paint or stakes.
Dial before you dig: Section
4216/4217 of the Government Code
requires a DigAlert Identification
Number be issued before a "permit
to excavate" is valid. To obtain a