ENCROACHMENT PERMIT APPLICATION PROCESS
As of January 12, 2022 due to the current COVID-19 surge, City Hall and other City administrative offices will be closed to the public. City Services will be available via email, phone or by appointment only. Please visit www.el-cerrito.org/covid19 for the most up-to-date information and a listing of contact information for City Services. For Encroachment Permits, please see below.
TO SUBMIT AN ENCROACHMENT PERMIT OR SCHEDULE INSPECTION:
- Please fill out the application here: Encroachment Permit Application and send to firstname.lastname@example.org and include work plans, traffic control plans, certificate of liability insurance, and any other pertinent documentation. Contractors and businesses are required to have an El Cerrito Business License in order to perform work. Please see below for Encroachment Permit requirements, City Standard Details, and Insurance Requirements.
- Please email email@example.com or call 510-215-4382 to schedule an inspection. Please call at least 72 business hours in advance of the requested date and time.
- If you need to submit your application or pay fees in person, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 510-215-4382 to schedule an appointment at City Hall.
Engineering Encroachment Permits
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
- Temporary storage containers on the street
- Encroachment Permit Application
- Additional Information and Inspection Requirements Standard Details, Excavation Moratoriums, Sewer Lateral Info.
- Excavation Moratorium
- Public Works Insurance Requirements
Public Right of Way
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 by .