Effective December 1, 2011, new provisions of Palo Alto Municipal Code Chapter 16.11 (Stormwater Pollution Prevention) will take effect. The new regulations will 1) modify the definition of “Regulated Project” by lowering the threshold for compliance with stormwater treatment requirements for projects associated with specified land uses, and 2) require building permit applicants for Regulated Projects to treat stormwater runoff using specified Low Impact Development (LID) techniques. Click here to view the Fact Sheet for the new stormwater regulations
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Permit Applications and Information
Street Work Permit This permit is needed if work is to be performed in the city right-of-way and El Camino Real sidewalk, such as underground work, sidewalk replacement, driveway installation or other work that will cut the street or sidewalk. Note that the street is defined as the public right-of-way which includes the sidewalk area.
Encroachment Permit/Temporary Lease An Encroachment Permit is required whenever private structures will be placed under, on, or over property in which the City has control over, such as rights of way or utility easements. Or, City owned property, such as parks or parking lots. This permit is required regardless of any permits or other approvals, such as building permits or Planning Department entitlements.
A Construction Dewatering Plan must be submitted for the excavation activities that encounter groundwater or other water that needs to be removed from the excavation and disposed of into the City storm drain system.