Forms and Permits

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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 sidewalks, 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.


Street Work Permit Information
Street Work Permit Application
Insurance Certificate Submission Guidelines

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.

Encroachment Permit Information
Encroachment Permit Application
Wireless Public Right of Way Conditions of Approval (New)
Insurance Certificate Submission Guidelines
Commercial Sidewalk Encroachments (Outdoor Eating Areas)
Excavation and Grading Permit

An Excavation and Grading permit is required for grading activities on private property when the cut, full and/or storage of soil total 100 cubic yards or more.

Excavation and Grading Permit Application
Excavation and Grading Permit Instructions


Minor Subdivisions - Certificate of Compliance
A Certificate of Compliance is a simplified method to remove, adjust or confirm parcel lot lines.

Application for Certificate of Compliance
Certificate of Compliance Submission Checklist
Lot Line Removal Information
Lot Line Adjustment Information
Lot Line Confirmation Information
Soils Report Waiver Form

 


Construction Dewatering Plan Design Guidelines
Dewatering Regulations and Permit Applications

New Aquifer Filling Station Handout
Dewatering Inspection Checklist
Dewatering: Construction Sites and In-Ground Utilities Maintenance Projects
Plan Preparations Attachment


Public Works Plan Review Documents

Public Works Standard Conditions Sheet
"Pollution Prevention - It's Part of the Plan"
Grading and Drainage for New Single Family Residences
Impervious Area Calculation Worksheet
Logistics Plan Preparation Guidelines
Palo Alto Ordinance Prohibiting Copper Roofing Materials
Public Works Department Information for Residential Construction


Flood Zone Issues

"Is Your House in a Flood Zone"?
FEMA Elevation Certificate
FEMA Letter of Map Amendment and Revision (LOMA/LOMR)

Flood Zone Screening Checklist
Survey Requirements for Construction in the Special Flood Hazard Area
Plan Insert for Elevation Certification Requirements (Detached Garage)
Plan Insert for Elevation Certification Requirements (Raised Floor)
Plan Insert for Elevation Certification Requirements (Slab Floor)
Residential Structure Value Determination Worksheet
Special Building Requirements for Structures in an SFHA
Screening Checklist: Building in a Special Flood Hazard Area
Substantial Improvement and Market Value Definitions


Other Guidelines and Information
Basement Drainage Policy
CPA Drainage Design Standards
CPA Truck Routes
Debris/Roll-Off Box and Storage Container Placement Guidelines in Residential Areas
Driveway Approach Design & Construction Requirements
Fence Policy
Guidelines and Standards for Land Uses Near Streams
Noise Ordinance, PAMC Section 9.10
Paving of Parking Areas Adjacent to Edge of Pavement in Unimproved Street Areas
Performance Bond Form for Permit Condition Fulfillment
Site Inspection Directive
Special Paving Treatments of Public Sidewalks
Street Cut Fee Determination Worksheet
Street Tree Work Permit Application
Traffic Control Plan Submission Guidelines
Traffic Control Plan Typicals

 

Tree Protection

Tree Protection Specifications

Tree Protection Zone Sign

Tree Technical Manual

Newsrack Permitting Documents
Downtown Newsrack Fixture Location Map
Newsrack Encroachment Permit Application
Newsrack Identifier Form
Newsrack Location Listing Form for Citywide Newsrack Areas
Newsrack Location Listing Form for the Downtown Special Newsrack Area
Regulations for the Allocation of Newsrack in the DSNA
Regulation Regarding Placement of Newsrack