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Minor Encroachment

A permit is required to perform work within the public right-of-way (usually a sidewalk, street, alley or easement) or to use portions of a street for exclusive purposes per the City Code. Special provisions are included with minor permits to provide for public health, safety, and welfare; and to minimize public inconvenience.

Note: If you have received a notice from our Maintenance Services Division informing you that your sidewalk must be repaired and portions your sidewalk have been marked for repair, please visit the Maintenance Services Sidewalk, Curbs and Gutters webpage for more information. In some situations a notice of repair may serve as the construction encroachment permit.

For inquiries relating to Minor Encroachments, please send an email to:  DE@cityofsacramento.org

Learn more about what is required and how to apply for any of the following types of Minor Permits:

  • Construction Encroachment Permit – required when excavation takes place in the public right-of-way. Examples include replacing portions of the sidewalk along a property line, potholing in the street, or connecting a new service to a water main. A construction encroachment permit can also be required when no excavation takes place, such as for construction dumpsters, moving pods, or when part of the sidewalk or street is closed due to construction.
  • Driveway Permit – required when a new driveway is being installed, or when an existing driveway is being widened.
  • Revocable Permit – permission to install an object above, on, or under the public right-of-way. Examples include canopies or signs that extend over the sidewalk, privately owned bicycle racks and works of art, bollards, and other objects.
  • Revocable Permit for Honorary Street Sign Topper - required to attach Honorary Sign Topper or Topper Sign on top of standard street sign identification. Placement of Honorary Sign Toppers in the City of Sacramento provides an avenue to recognize the distinguished contributions and service of selected Sacramento citizens, and historic or significant neighborhoods and districts. The City Honorary Street Sign Topper Policy regulates and provide guidelines for the issuance of the permit. The City Council has the sole discretion to determine the qualified candidates. The applicant is responsible for all cost associated with permit, and  fabrication, installation and maintenance of the sign.
  • Revocable Permit for Monitoring Well – required to install monitoring well(s) in the public right-of-way.
  • Revocable Permit for Street Banner - required to attach banner(s) to street-light poles in the public right-of-way. Banners can provide information about the community to its residents, visitors, and commuters; add life and color to the City’s streetscape; and promote events, activities and programs that benefit the City. It is not the intent of the City to create a traditional or designated public forum on the street-light poles. Banners may not be displayed for commercial advertising or for political or religious messages. The Street-Light Pole Banner Policy sets forth the rules and requirements for attaching banners to Street-Light Poles.

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