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FAQ Topic: Public Works Permits

Can I get an encroachment permit for a moving container (such as a POD)?

Moving services that facilitate moves that are allowed under the order are permissible. The order allows moves only if it is not possible to defer the move, if the move is necessary  for safety, sanitation or habitability, or if the move is needed to preserve access to shelter. When moving, quarantine requirements may be necessary, … Continued

I saw a crew doing work near my residence, how do I know they are permitted doing essential work?

Most utility work is considered essential are given broad discretion to make their own determination about how they proceed with their projects. Encroachment permits can be viewed by map on https://sanrafael.buildingeye.com/publicworks. Individual permits can be looked up on https://epermits.cityofsanrafael.org/ETRAKIT3/default.aspx Keep in mind that emergency work may start before the permit shows in the system.

Our sewer lateral is in need of replacement, can we replace the lateral?

Yes, utilities (including roads) are considered essential functions and are given broad discretion to make their own determination about how they proceed with their projects.  Utilities requesting an encroachment permit must validate that they consider the work to be essential when filing the encroachment request.For existing permits, please fill out the form on the website for reactivation. Without a new or reactivated … Continued

​Can I get an encroachment permit?

Yes, however please refer to the construction FAQs above first. Utilities (including roads) are considered essential functions and those doing work on utilities are given broad discretion to make their own determination about how they proceed with their projects.  Utilities requesting an encroachment permit must validate that they consider the work to be essential when filing … Continued

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