Encroachment Permits

An encroachment permit is required anytime a property owner, business, or contractor performs work within the city right-of-way. Work can include construction, or simply storing/staging materials in the right-of-way. An encroachment permit ensures all applicable standards and applications are followed and that work is done safely with minimal impact to nearby property and pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicle travel.

Permit Types

  • Minor Temporary Encroachment Permit- A minor temporary encroachment permit is intended for work with a specified, limited period of time including debris boxes, temporary construction, scaffolding, and tree trimming.

  • Minor Continuing Encroachment Permit- An encroachment which is intended and permitted to continue for an indefinite period of time, but which by its nature is limited in size, scale or use so that the encroachment will have little or no impact on the public health, safety or welfare like, flat or low level landscaping, bike racks, newspaper racks, and signs/architectural features extending more than four feet (4’) into the public-right-of-way.

  • Major Encroachment Permit- A major encroachment application would be needed for encroachments intended to continue for an indefinite period of time like, fences or walls higher than three feet (3') above natural grade, abutments for driveways and stairs, groundwater monitoring wells.

  • Sidewalk Only Encroachment Permit- A permit for sidewalk, gutter, and curb work with no fee associated. All requirements of a minor temporary encroachment permit apply except the fee. See diagram below for details on work associated with a no fee encroachment permit.

  • Utility Encroachment Permit- Utility encroachment applications are for encroachments by a utility or special district (water, cable, sewer, gas, etc.)

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

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.

Active and Finaled Encroachment Permits

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