When is an Encroachment Permit Required?
An encroachment permit is required from the Department of Public
Works when work is done within the public right-of-way, on county-owned
land, and/or within a county easement. Encroachment permits are not
issued for work done on private property; this is handled through the
Building Division of the Resource Management Department. However, if
work is done within a county easement on private property, the permit
application would be handled through the Department of Public Works
office and possibly also require input from the Building Division.
What does an Encroachment Permit consist of?
Encroachment permits consist of 4 different sections:
- The application
- Applicant's drawings and specifications for the project
- Request for inspection procedure
- A permit number must be issued by the County before a permit is considered valid.
How long is an Encroachment Permit valid?
The length of time of a permit is generally 6 months. Permits can
have longer duration. Details on permit duration would be worked out at
the time the permit is approved. If an extension is desired, it must be
requested before the permit expires. Once the permit expires, a new
encroachment permit application must be filed.
How much does an Encroachment Permit cost?
The cost of an encroachment permit varies depending on the type and
cost of the improvements being constructed. The basic fee for a permit
is $80.00. Large projects may require inspection and performance
What else do I need in order to comply with Encroachment Permit conditions?
In order to issue a valid encroachment permit, the County may
require insurance on large projects. In instances where the County
Engineer determines the public is at risk from the work being performed
under the encroachment permit, a traffic control plan will be required
if the work site impacts a public street.
What are the most important points to remember before digging in the public right-of-way?
It is important to remember the following important points when working in the public right-of-way.
- Delineate the site. It is mandatory that the proposed excavation site be outlined with white paint or stakes.
- Dial before you dig. Section 4216/4217 of the Government Code
requires a DigAlert Identification Number be issued before a permit to
excavate is valid. To obtain a DigAlert Identification Number, call
Underground Service Alert at TOLL FREE 1-800-227-2600, no sooner that
14 and no later than 2 days prior to commencing excavation activities.
- Responsibility for damage: If damage to underground
utilities results from excavation activities, the permittee will be
charged the cost of repairing the damaged utility and a fine.
- Make only one call and save time: Only one call is required
to the DigAlert number to have all underground lines on the project
site located and marked before excavation begins. An excavation permit
does not imply freedom of responsibility for damage to underground
utilities. The DigAlert process helps to expedite projects by
eliminating and searching for underground utilities.
- Everyone should call, not just professionals. Calling is
just as important for property owners as it is for plumbers,
electricians, contractors, landscapers, swimming pool builders or
- Benefits of obtaining DigAlert number - Planned excavation
can proceed with confidence because underground facilities have been
marked as required by law. Disruption of service, accidents, injuries
and unnecessary repair costs may be prevented.
Where do I apply for an Encroachment Permit?
Encroachment permits can be obtained from the Shasta County
Department of Public Works, 1855 Placer St., Redding CA, 96001. They
may be obtained in person at the Public Works Counter on weekdays
between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Simple permits may be
processed over the counter on the same day they are submitted. Complex
permits may require a few weeks to process. For further information
you may call the Department of Public Works at (530) 225-5661 between
the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Permit may be printed, completed, and returned to the Shasta County
Department of Public Works. Three signed copies are needed. Applicant
must complete the following information: PERMITTEE, Location of Encroachment, A.P. #, and Location Map. The remainder of the form will be completed by the County