Encroachment Permits

Prior to commencement of any construction within public right-of-way, the permittee shall obtain an encroachment permit from the Department of Public Works.


An Encroachment Permit (PDF) is a contract between the City of Temecula and the permittee that:
  • Defines the terms and conditions under which the permittee is granted permission to encroach into public right-of-way to perform specific activities
  • Assures that repairs and construction projects in the public right-of-way will be performed to meet City and engineering standards
  • Insures that negative safety and traffic impacts are minimized for the public during construction

Private Developments

Note that encroachment permits are not issued for work performed within private developments (i.e., this type of work is covered under a grading permit).

Haul Route Permits

In addition, a Haul Route Permit (PDF) may also be required. A Haul Route Permit is required when soils are being moved on public roadways to or from a grading site.

Work Requiring Encroachment Permit

Construction or non-construction related work within public right-of-way may trigger the need for an encroachment permit. Typical major construction-related improvements that may require an encroachment permit include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Offsite/Public Improvements - Street and Storm Drain Improvements
  • Utility Work - Sewer/Water Improvements, Dry Utility Improvements
  • Traffic - Traffic Control Plans, Traffic Signing and Striping Improvements and Traffic Signal Improvements

Minor Construction-Related Improvements

Typical minor construction-related improvements that may require an encroachment permit include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Driveway approaches
  • Excavation
  • Parkway drains
  • Street closures
  • Temporary power poles
  • Underground service alert
  • Utility work

Non-Construction Projects

Non-construction related activities that may also require an encroachment permit include:
  • Access to utility agency facilities
  • Block parties
  • Movie filming
  • Special events (street festivals, sidewalk sales, community-sponsored events, etc.)
  • Street closures

Submittal Requirements

In addition to the Encroachment Permit Application (PDF), other items are also required for submission to obtain an encroachment permit. These items can be found in the Land Development Submittal Requirements (PDF) document.

Fee Schedule

An encroachment permit is typically valid for 6 months. If an extension of the permit is needed, it must be requested before the permit expires. All fees associated with initial permit issuance and permit extensions shall be subjected to a “permit issuance” fee in accordance with the City’s current Fee Schedule .