The Encroachment Permits section of Development Services issues permits for construction activities in all County right-of-ways. Activities related to issuing encroachment permits includes but are not limited to: advising clients of permit requirements, reviewing plans related to County standards conformance, ensuring public safety, coordinating traffic control requirements to ensure public safety, performing field inspections, writing maintenance agreements where required, and much more.
The Encroachment Permit staff perform a variety of job functions, including but not limited to the following:
- Over the Counter Customer Service - Provide friendly and responsive over-the-counter customer service to help applicants streamline the encroachment permitting process.
- Plan reviews - Review plans for grading, drainage, and onsite/offsite improvements.
- Permit Fee Determination - Calculate encroachment permit fees, deposits, and bonds (if applicable) in accordance with the Engineering Fee Schedule adopted by the Board of Supervisors.
- Lane & Road Closures - The Public Works' Traffic Division will review all traffic control plans for encroachment work including lane closures, road closures, and detours.
- Field Inspections - Perform field inspections to insure that construction activities are completed in accordance to the approved plans, specifications, estimates, and project schedules.
- Maintenance Agreements - Staff prepares written maintenance agreements for structures such as pipeline crossings that are installed in County road right-of-ways.
- NPDES Stormwater Quality Assurance - Staff reviews project’s erosion/sediment control plans and reviews & inspects the Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans in accordance to the California State Water Resources Control Board permitting requirements.
- Streamline and Innovate the Permitting Process - Staff is continuously improving the encroachment permitting process using the latest in innovation and technology.