Engineering and Construction FAQs

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Do I need a permit to place a driveway?

If any work will take place in the public right of way, an encroachment permit is required. Please stop by the One-Stop Shop from 9am until 11am Monday to Friday at the City Administration offices to obtain a permit. More information is available on the Permitting page. Public right-of-way includes driveway approach, sidewalk, and sidewalk underdrains. 

 Can I drain water from my property over the sidewalk?

No, you are not allowed to drain water over a public sidewalk, or otherwise impede a public right-of-way.

Do I need a permit for a fence?

The Engineering Department does not issue permits for fences on private property. Please visit the Building Department for permitting issues.

Who do I call for an inspection?

You may call the Inspection Hotline at (415) 899-8240 twenty-four hours a day. Please follow the instructions through the automated system to request and schedule an inspection.

When do I need an inspection for drainage?

A drainage inspection is required when the trench bedding is placed with the pipe in the trench before backfilling.

When do I call for a concrete inspection?

Two concrete inspections are required: first, after the forms are placed but before pouring concrete, and again after the concrete is poured and cured.

Who is responsible for my sidewalk?

The property owner adjacent to the sidewalk is responsible for its maintenance and safety from the back edge of the sidewalk to the front edge of the curb.

How do I make changes to my City-approved plans/specifications?

You must re-submit any plans or specifications to the City Project Engineer in charge of your project if they had been previously approved by City officials.

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