Road Permits and Inspections
The Road Operations Inspection unit is responsible for assuring that construction projects involving the public right-of-ways meet established standards and that the work is done in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. Most projects are associated with road and street improvements, drainage structures, utilities, sidewalks, driveway approaches, curbs and gutters. The inspection unit also responds to citizen concerns regarding roads and associated structures that may pose a hazard to the public.
Typical projects initiated by homeowners that encroach into the County right-of-way include retaining walls, drainage pipes, fences, and driveway approaches. Our inspectors will check grade and alignment; compaction of the soil and aggregates, and the quality of the concrete and asphalt to make sure the work meets County standards. They will also assure the project is in compliance with ADA specifications.
Road Permit Forms and Information
Encroachment Permit, Inspection and Traffic Program Fees for 2008 through 2012
Encroachment Permit Application with Instructions
Encroachment Permit for Street Closure
County Bridges Weight Restrictions
Transportation Permit - Including Special Provisions
Special Events Brochure
What types of work require a permit?
Any work done in the County right-of-way. If you’re unsure about where your property line ends and the County’s begins, our permit section staff can help you; call (650) 363-1822 or 363-4103.
How do I get a permit? Permit Instructions and Application.
Is it OK if I plant some trees by the sidewalk?
The planting strip by the sidewalk is usually in the County right-of-way. Call our office at (650) 363-4103 and ask to speak to an inspector. He/she can advise you on how to proceed, will give you information on approved species for the area, and will provide guidance relating on any necessary encroachment permit application.
There’s a large tree in the right-of-way that blocks my view. Can I have it removed?
The County will not remove healthy trees, but we do trim trees in the right-of-way for sight and height clearance. After we’ve taken a look at the tree in question, we can advise you on steps to take if you want to pursue removal. Click here for the County Tree Brochure.
I’m concerned about a crack in the sidewalk by my house. Will you fix it?
Call our office and request that an inspector look at the sidewalk. In most cases, we will schedule repair (either grinding or patching) as soon as possible.