San Carlos, CA

Encroachment Permits

Any person wishing to encroach into the public right-of-way or public utility easement must first apply for and receive a Public Works Encroachment Permit. Questions regarding encroachment permits can be directed to the Public Works Department at (650) 802-4200 or

Examples include:

  • Sidewalk or driveway approach.
  • Sewer lateral.
  • Drainage.
  • Grading.
  • Debris box in street.
  • Parking restriction.
  • Traffic control.
  • Monitoring well or bore.
  • Public improvement.
  • Discharge.
Submitting Permit Applications

Submit encroachment permit applications by email to, or submit in person at the Public Works Counter in City Hall. To ensure efficient handling and response, all permit applications must be submitted with:

  1. Verification of Contractor's San Carlos Business License.
  2. Contractor's Certificate of Insurance, with City of San Carlos additionally insured.
  3. Valuation of work (contractor's bid, engineer's estimate, etc.).
  4. Detailed project plans.
  5. Traffic control plan, if needed.
Grading and hauling will not be allowed during the rainy season, from October through April, unless an exception is approved by the City Engineer.
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Important Permit Links11 documents

  • Encroachment Permit Application.
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  • Encroachment Permit Conditions of Approval.
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  • COVID-19 Encroachment Conditions.
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  • Insurance Requirements for Encroachment Permits.
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  • Credit Card Authorization Form.
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  • Sanitary Sewer Video Inspection Requirements.
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  • Standard Specifications and Details.
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  • Special Projects Worksheet.
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  • Small Project Reporting Sheet.
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  • Stormwater Review Process.
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  • C.3 and C.6 Reporting Sheet.
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