Apply for an Encroachment Permit online through eTRACKiT
Before applying for a permit with us, make sure that your project location is within the City of San Rafael's jurisdiction
What is an encroachment permit?
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.
Types of Encroachment Permits
Minor Temporary Encroachment Permit - $246 (No fee for sidewalk work)
Intended for work with a specified, limited period of time including debris boxes, temporary construction, sewer lateral work, water lateral work, scaffolding, and tree trimming.
Minor Continuing Encroachment Permit - $368
Intended and permitted to continue for an indefinite period of time, but is limited in size, scale or use so that the encroachment will have little or no impact on the public health, safety or welfare. Examples include 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 Continuing Encroachment Permit - $2,394
Needed for major work intended to continue for an indefinite period of time. Example of fences or walls higher than three feet (3′) above natural grade, abutments for driveways and stairs, groundwater monitoring wells.
Utility Encroachment Permit - $919
Construction or work within the right of way by a utility or special district (water, cable, sewer, gas, etc.). For sewer lateral work see Minor Temporary Encroachment Permits.
Streetary Encroachment Permit
A “streetary” or “streetaries” shall mean an outdoor eating area that operates within and uses parking spaces within the public right-of-way directly adjacent to the food service establishment street frontage. This permit type is intended for any person desiring to erect, construct, place or maintain an encroachment upon any existing parking spaces within the public right-of-way for a streetary. Permits are limited to only food service establishments.
Please visit the Streetary webpage for additional information on the Streetary program, and to submit an application to construct a Streetary.
First time contractor set up
DPW Permits Team
415.485.3355, Option 2