Encroachment Permit

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To prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, City services are being delivered by phone, email, or postal mail until further notice. Please contact encroachmentpermit@cityofpetaluma.org for assistance with encroachment 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;
  • Tree trimming or tree removal on public or private property;
  • Transporting a wide load (transportation permit)

HOW?

First contact the Encroachment Permit Division to discuss scope of work at 707.778.4483 or send a brief description to encroachmentpermits@cityofpetaluma.org. Once type of permit is determined, staff will send you the encroachment permit application and all other required documents. Once your package is complete you will send your complete packet to: encroachmentpermits@cityofpetaluma.org. Currently, all submittals are completed electronically unless an appointment is needed. Please call 707.778.4483 for all appointments. The Encroachment Permit Counter is at 11 English Street (East Wing, lower floor).

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 Info Sheet for a list of fees. Be sure to verify the cost of your permit with the Encroachment Permit Coordinator, who can be reached by phone (707-778-4303, option 6) or in person at the Encroachment Permit Counter, 11 English Street. The Encroachment Counter hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:00 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, option 6); or in person at the Encroachment Permit Counter, 11 English Street.

Forms Needed

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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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