The City of Fullerton Public Works Department Engineering Division is available to assist you with your encroachment permit application. The permits are required for most types of work within the public right-of-way. Right-of-way typically include streets, parks, and easements for City sewer, water and storm drains. The following information may answer many of the questions you might have regarding the process.
The City requires an encroachment permit to ensure that any improvements or repairs within the public right of way:
PLEASE NOTE: Street rights-of-way typically include the sidewalk in the parkway behind the curb. Even when there is no sidewalk, the street right-of-way usually extends behind the curb. When in doubt check with the Public Works Department Engineering Division for the exact extent of the City's right of way or easements.
Permits may be obtained by coming to the Public Works Department Engineering Division counter located on the second floor of Fullerton City Hall. A permit may be issued to a property owner (owner/builder) or a contractor. Whoever applies for the permit will ultimately be responsible for guaranteeing completion of any work started. Contractors who apply for the permits must have a valid City of Fullerton business License. If the property owner applies for the permit, no City business license will be required.
Permit fees are based on the type and amount of work involved. Additionally a cash deposit may be required to guarantee completion of the work, protection and/or repair of existing facilities, or to enforce compliance with restricted work hours. The cash deposit is fully refundable upon successful compliance with the terms of the permit.
For all permits involving excavation, it is required that Underground Service Alert (USA) be contacted a minimum of 48 hours (two working days) prior to excavation. All work shall be done in accordance with City standards (which may be obtained at the Engineering counter) and in compliance with the "Green Book." It is advisable that the applicant arrange a preconstruction meeting with an Engineering inspector prior to commencing work. The inspector will be glad to review the standards and help with any questions you or your contractor may have. These meetings may be arranged by calling the phone number listed on the permit at least 24 hours in advance.
A final inspection will have to be conducted once the work has been completed. When the final inspection is complete, please bring the signed permit back to the Public Works Department Engineering Division counter and request a refund of any deposits that may have been posted with the permit. You will need to allow two to three weeks for the City to process any refunds.
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