Annual Encroachment Permit

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Starting Thursday December 1st, the City of Eureka Engineering Division will be receiving and issuing Annual Encroachment Permits online ONLY via the OpenGov website. We will no longer be accepting paper Annual Encroachment Permit applications after Thursday December 1st.

Annual Encroachment Permits will be found in the Engineering - Public Works section of the home page for Eureka's "New" Online Permit Center.

As a permit applicant, you will first need to sign up for a free OpenGov account.  From there you will be able to apply for permits, upload documents, view the status of a permit, pay fees, and even communicate with Engineering staff about any questions pertaining to Annual Encroachment Permits or the permitting process.  If applying for a contractor, please fill out "Applicant Name" as the Business/Entity.  If applying as a homeowner, please use the homeowner's name.

Before an Annual Encroachment Permit may be issued, each person performing work within the City right-of-way, shall furnish to the City of Eureka Engineering Division, Certificate(s) of Insurance and Endorsement(s) as described in the "Insurance Requirements for City Of Eureka PDF", or such other insurance requirements as prescribed by the Division.  Along with purchasing a business license from the City of Eureka Finance Department. 

In order for us to make this transition to an online permitting system as smooth as possible, we ask that you have these documents ready to upload at the time of applying.

Provisions and Conditions

The City of Eureka will grant annual encroachment permits to the following organizations:

  • Utility Companies
  • Cities
  • Special Districts
  • Contractors providing services to public utility companies - Upon Director of Public Works approval

Annual Encroachment Permit Conditions

  • Annual encroachment permits are valid for 12 months, starting from the date of issuance.
  • Annual permit holder shall maintain current insurance and business license throughout the duration of the permit.
  • Annual encroachment permits authorize the performance and completion of the following types of work: routine maintenance of existing underground and/or overhead facilities including repair and replacement of said facilities so long as the work required does not require trench excavation larger than 200 square feet, unless approved by the City of Eureka. Any work in excess shall require a separate permit.
  • Any work conducted under the annual permit which requires the closing of a travel lane of traffic, or more restrictive traffic control, will require approval from the Public Works Department 48 hours prior to commencement of work.
  • All traffic control shall meet the standards of the CAMUTCD.
  • The permitted party must notify the City of Eureka 48 hours in advance of starting work via the city's online reporting form below. If work is considered of an emergency nature, the permit holder shall notify the City of Eureka within 24 hours of the beginning of work.
  • Allowable hours of work granted under this permit shall be per the street classification where the work occurs, as per the City of Eureka CRS Map, per the following: Local Streets: 7:30 am to 5 pm, Collector Streets: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, and Arterial Streets: 8:30 am to 4 pm. No work requiring traffic control shall occur until after 8:30 am or during 2 pm to 3:30 pm within 600 feet of any school while in session.
  • All work performed under this permit requiring excavation shall be restored (A.C. or Concrete) within 30 days of notification to the City of work commencing.
  • All work conducted under this permit shall conform to the City of Eureka Trench Cut Ordinance (Eureka Municipal Code Chapter 56) and Trench and Pavement Restoration Detail M-10.1.
  • A copy of all maps drawings, schematics, diagrams, images, video, etc. of City-owned infrastructure created using ground-penetrating radar, CCTV robotics, or push cameras, etc. in work areas covered under this permit shall be submitted to the City.
  • Failure to comply with the permit conditions will be grounds for dismissal and loss of annual encroachment permit status.

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