Whenever a contractor, public utility, or property owner engages in work within the public right-of-way or City property, a City-issued encroachment permit is required. Some examples of work which require an encroachment permit are:
Any excavation in the street or sidewalk to install or replace a sewer lateral, water service, or drain line
Repair or replacement of the concrete curb, gutter, driveway approach or sidewalk
Construction of any permanent structure such as a fence, stairway, or a retaining wall which is partially or totally within the public right-of-way
Planting of a street tree in the parking strip between the curb and the sidewalk
In most cases, the front property line or edge of the public right-of-way is located at the back of the sidewalk. However, there are significantly wide public right-of-ways in many parts of the city where this property line is back some distance from the street.
If you are planning to do any type of construction work close to the street and are unsure of the public right-of-way boundary, you should contact the Public Works Department at
510-215-4382 or email.