Encroachment Permit

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Need a permit? Go to our new Permits & Planning Hub at cityofpetaluma.org/permits.

WHO?

You need an encroachment permit for activities that intrude--or encroach--on public property or public right of way, such as streets and sidewalks. Some examples include:

  • Dumpsters, scaffolding, storage bins or other structures placed on a sidewalk or in the street (e.g., for a construction project or a move);
  • Outdoor dining, furniture, and awnings for a restaurant;
  • Installing a bike rack (near your business, for example);
  • Construction on or repair of sidewalks or streets;
  • Underground utility work;
  • Transporting a wide load (transportation permit)
  • Tree trimming or tree removal in the public right of way.

NOTE: Tree trimming or tree removal on private property, contact 707.778.4470 or [email protected]

HOW?

To apply for an Encroachment Permit click on the link on top of the page. This will give you instructions for registering into the software program and to apply for a permit.

TIMING AND COST

Encroachment permit applications take about four (4) business days* to review and approve. The permit fees depend on the scope of your project. See the Encroachment Permit Fees document for a list of fees. The Encroachment Permit hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

*Business days for City Hall are Monday through Thursday.

WHY?

The Encroachment Permit process helps the City ensure public safety while work or activities take place on streets, sidewalks, or public property.

QUESTIONS?

To get an encroachment permit or to ask if you need one, contact the Encroachment Permit Counter by phone (707-778-4303; choose option 6); or in person by appointment at the Encroachment Permit Counter, 11 English Street.

Forms needed based on type of permit.

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The Encroachment Permit process helps the City ensure public safety while work or activities take place on streets, sidewalks, or public property.

 

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