What is an encroachment permit?
An encroachment permit is written permission to excavate or otherwise encroach within Riverside County's public road right-of-way. A permit may be granted to a public utility, contractor or an individual. Permits are issued by the Transportation Department.
When are they needed?
In addition to excavations, permits must be obtained for tree planting and removal, driveway installations, placement of any structures, construction of street improvements and drainage facilities, or generally for any type of work conducted within the public road right-of-way.
What is the road right-of-way?
The road right-of-way is the full width of land owned or controlled by the County, upon which the traveled way is constructed, and which usually extends considerably beyond the edge of pavement (or traveled way) to the boundaries of the adjacent private properties.
What is the purpose of an encroachment permit?
Encroachment permits provide necessary regulation of the encroachment process so as to safeguard the public interest in the roadway facility and to ensure continuing safety and convenience for the traveling public.
What is the authority?
Encroachment permits are required pursuant to Riverside County Ordinance No. 499, which delegates authority to the Director of Transportation to administer the use of highways for such encroachments. The ordinance also establishes penalties for working without a permit and for a violation of any terms of the permit.
What is the process for obtaining an encroachment permit?
An application describing the proposed work must be completed. In many cases, three (3) sets of construction plans must be submitted along with the application. Financial security is usually required to assure compliance with the terms of the permit. Application forms are available from the offices listed below or by clicking here. Most permits are issued within 14 working days.
Where can permits be obtained?
Permits can be obtained at County of Riverside Transportation Department offices in Riverside or Palm Desert as follows:
County of Riverside
4080 Lemon Street, Eighth Floor
Riverside, CA 92502
|Desert Permit Assistance Center:
County of Riverside
77588 El Duna Court
Palm Desert, CA 92211