Encroachment Permits

What is the process?

Step 1: Encroachment Permit Application

Step 2: Review of Permit Application

Once Public Works receives the completed and signed permit application, the process begins to issue the permit. The permit is typically issued within one week of receipt but may vary depending upon the complexity of the encroachment project.

Step 3: Issuance of Permit

Once the initial application is reviewed by Public Works, a ‘pending’ permit will be emailed back for the signatures of the property owner and contractor.  Please make sure to review the document in its entirety prior to signing.  To have a permit changed from pending to issued, the signatures on the pending permit must be returned via email to [email protected]

Step 4: Fee and Bond

To receive an issued encroachment permit or a Final, the permit fee and bond amount (*if applicable) must be paid in advance by credit card or check (see the fee schedule below).  We now have two options for payment.  Option 1) You can go online and pay through our new citizens connect portal and pay by credit or debit card.  By using this portal, you can pay 24hrs a day/ 7 days a week once you have been supplied with a permit number for either an encroachment or transportation permit.  Through this portal you will also have access to all your permit information. You will be required to create an account in order to make payments which only takes a few moments.  For questions and a step-by-step guide on this new portal please click on this link online payments

Option 2) You can make credit card payments over the phone by calling (805) 781-5252 and asking for the cashier. Please reference your permit number and associated fees when making any payments. If paying by check, please include the permit number on the check and mail to 976 Osos Street Room 206, San Luis Obispo, CA 93408. *Bond fees vary and will be determined by the permit writer based on the scope of the project.

Step 5: Setting up Pre-Construction Meeting

Once the permit is issued you may not commence with the permitted scope of work until an on-site pre-construction meeting has been scheduled.  During this scheduled meeting, the County inspector will go over the County Standards and Conditions of the issued permit. If questions arise after the initial pre-construction meeting, a follow up inspection can be scheduled by calling 805-781-5252 or emailing [email protected]

Step 6: Setting up Final Construction Meeting

Once the encroachment work is complete, a final on-site inspection will need to be scheduled.  This inspection is to determine if the scope of work that was performed meets the County Standards and Conditions.  A final inspection can be arranged by calling: 805-781-5252 or emailing [email protected]

Step 7: Bond Exoneration

If it is determined that the work meets the County Standards, the project will be signed off and finalized and the process of exonerating the bond begins.  Once the bond has been exonerated, please allow 3 to 4 weeks for a check to be issued.

Who can use this service?

Anyone can use this service.

Is there a charge for this service?

The fee depends on the type of Encroachment Permit being applied for, the current fee schedule (as of 7/1/2021).

Type of Permit Cost
Driveway $1073

General Encroachment Permit

(i.e., driveway overlay/ maintenance)

Illegal Encroachment Recovery per Streets & Highway Code
Transportation - Single Trip $16
Transportation - Annual Blanket $90
Utility (Non Franchise) $333 
Utility Blanket: Utility Company's / CSD's $5,500 / $2,500

Special Requests?

Roll-off dumpsters:  these containers are not allowed on the County Right of Way and are required to not pose a public safety risk by encroaching into the Right of Way.  These roll-off dumpsters must be placed on private property and not obstructing site distances for vehicles.  Traffic control plans may be required depending on the use and location of dumpsters.

Crane requests:  use of cranes in the County Right of Way require a Traffic Control Plan that must be provided to the County and allow for 3 days notification to emergency services for road/ lane closures. 

Sidewalk repairs:  sidewalk repairs on county-maintained roads in most cases are the responsibility of the homeowner and not the County of San Luis Obispo. The portion of the sidewalk that fronts the property owners parcel is the responsible party to maintain the sidewalk within County Standards so that is does not endanger or interfere with the use of the public sidewalk. For more information please call 805-781-5252 or email [email protected]

Note: In most cases, a general encroachment permit will be required along with a damage bond for these special requests/ repairs.

When and where is this service offered?

This service is available throughout the year during regular business hours except during scheduled holidays.

Location, directions and hours of operation

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Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Public Works via web form, email, or call us at (805) 781-5252.