Encroachment Permits

Requests to Work on City Property

The City of Emeryville owns or holds an interest in various properties throughout the community, which include roads, sidewalks, and easements granted for utility lines, public access, and open space.

Encroachment Permit Application Process

Fill out and submit: Application for an Encroachment Permit
Read and review: Standard Provisions to the Encroachment Permit

Applications and plans, if applicable, can be emailed to Keely Nelson, Associate Civil Engineer, or submitted in-person at City Hall between the hours of 9 AM to 12 PM and 1 PM to 4 PM. Hardcopies may be requested. Payment of permit fees can be made by cash or check at the Business License Counter. If you have questions regarding your project, please contact Public Works Director / City Engineer, Maurice Kaufman at 510-596-4334.

Types of Requests

The City frequently receives requests from home owners, businesses, and public utilities to install improvements on city rights of way and easements. Requests for encroachments range from long-term improvements, such as fences, driveways, and utility lines, to short-term encroachments, such as the storage of dumpsters or building materials. Short-term encroachments are often proposed as part of the construction phase of new development. It should be noted that when the city does grant an Encroachment Permit, it does not give up its interest in the property.

Denial of Requests

The city will generally approve a request for an Encroachment Permit unless the encroachment would present a public health or safety hazard, or the proposal would be inconsistent with the city's planned use for the area. The city may also deny the request if the proposal would be visually incompatible with the surrounding area.


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