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Encroachment Permit Requirements

Detailed Plan/ Key Map

A detailed plan shows the exact location, a more precise extent of the work zone, the work proposed and details of the improvements.

A key map shows the general project location and approximate extent of the workzone.

Underground utilities can be shown on the detailed plan or as a separate map. We use this to generally locate where subsurface utilities exist, and to avoid conflicts with existing facilities.

Traffic Control Plan

A Traffic Control Plan (TCP) is a document that shows temporary signs, cones, and flaggers to safely direct traffic around your work zone.  'Traffic' includes vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, and mobility devices such as wheelchairs.

Temporary traffic control requirements, devices, and setups can be found in Part 6 of the CA Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).

Part 6 includes temporary traffic controls such as for workzones.  Chapter 6H provides typical applications or general setups.

Several CA MUTCD applications that are commoly used within the City of San Rafael are:

01 - Spacing Requirements
03 - Shoulders
06 - Shoulder, Reduced Lane
10 - Lane Closure, Flaggers
11 - Lane Closure, Low Volume
13 - Temp Road Closure, Flaggers
15 - Center of Road, Low Volume
18 - Lane Closure, Self Regulating
20 - Detour
28 - Sidewalk Closure
29 - Crosswalk, Pedestrian Detour
101 - Shoulder, Bike Lane
CA MUTCD 2014 Rev 4 - 6H Typical Applications (Full Chapter)

(Please note that it is the applicant's responsibility to use the latest standards and to select/develop a traffic control plan specific to the proposed encroachment.)

Insurance requirements for the City of San Rafael are as follows: - Insurance.

General Liability for at least One Million Dollars ($1,000,000.00) and, Automobile Liability for at least One Million Dollars ($1,000,000.00).  The Insurance Certificate naming the City of San Rafael as an Additional Insured along with the Endorsement page, need to be provided at the time of the permit application.


A City of San Rafael business license is required. If you don't have a business license, you can apply online:

An A or C-12 license is required for all paving.  Other licenses may be required based on project scope.

Construction Requirements

Most common projects in the Right-of-Way (ROW) are detailed in the Uniform Construction Standards (UCS)Additionally the City has specific requirements for trenches and pavements.

Additional Information:

  • 2 lbs of Davis Black per cubic yard is required (Harvest Gold in downtown locations to match)
  • Curbs shall be poured separately from sidewalks
  • Rebar is not used in the Right-of-Way unless approved by the Department of Public Works
  • Forms are required for the lip of the gutter.  Asphalt shall be removed for installation of the form.
  • For repaving the asphalt a conform is required, with a clean cut 2' from the lip of the gutter to ensure a quality patch.
  • Cuts into moratorium streets (PCI 70 or greater) require curb to curb full width resurfacing.  Check out the Moratorium Street Map
  • See Municipal Code Section
  • Active Encroachment Permits
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