A City of Pacifica Encroachment Permit is required for any work within city right-of-way (street/sidewalk), public easements or utility easements. Examples of work which require this type of permit are connecting to the city’s sewer main, installing new improvements (driveways, sidewalks, under-sidewalk drains) and any other work that involves the use or alteration of existing city-maintained right-of-way.
The property owner and/or contractor performing the work is required to fill out and submit an Encroachment Permit Application. The application must include a site plan showing dimensions and all proposed work. Any contractor working within the City of Pacifica is required to have a current business license on file. Note that filling out the application does not give the applicant permission to begin work. Work can only begin after a permit is signed, paid for and correctly issued by city staff.
If the engineering division has no objection to the work proposed, a permit will be issued pending the receipt of:
payment of the encroachment fees
performance bond equal to the value of the proposed improvements, including all labor costs
Upon issuance of the encroachment permit, the permittee must notify the engineering division inspector 48 hours prior to the start of work. Follow-up inspections should be scheduled a minimum of 24 hours in advance. There will be no same day inspections, except for emergency work.
All encroachment permit bonds will not be refunded until the engineering inspector has reviewed the work and it has been signed off by the city engineer as conforming to the City of Pacifica’s engineering standards. After claim forms have been submitted to the city, allow 3-5 weeks after project completion to process bond refunds.
Encroachment permit application fees are non-refundable.
For additional information regarding the engineering/public works encroachment permit process, refer to rules and regulations for excavation and occupancy in city streets or contact the engineering division.