Moratorium on Street Excavation

Planning work that requires Street Excavation?

Check to see if there is an Excavation Moratorium for your street first!

Go to GIS and download the streets moratorium map or call the Public Works Department at 510- 215-4382 to find out if your street has a moratorium and when it expires.

In order to protect the City's investment on street improvements, the City places a moratorium (or waiting period) on recently paved streets that prohibits digging through them for up to five years, excluding emergency work.

Sewer Lateral Replacement

The US Environmental Protection Agency has directed sanitary sewer districts in the Bay Area such as Stege Sanitary District to repair defective sewer laterals as soon as possible. A "sewer lateral" is the portion of the sanitary sewer pipe from the house to the "sewer main" in the street. These repairs often necessitate digging up the street, which is in conflict with the City's paving moratorium. This creates a dilemma for the City as we try to protect our recent street paving investment while at the same time allow these important environmental requirements to be carried out to help ensure that raw sewage does not infiltrate the storm drain system that flows to the Bay.

The City, in cooperation with Stege, is seeking to minimize street excavations on moratorium streets. As such, the type of sewer lateral repair on a moratorium street will vary depending on the condition of the sewer lateral. If excavation is unavoidable, then special street restoration requirements will apply. For more information regarding this matter, please contact Stege Sanitary District at 510- 524-4668.