Encroachment Permits are used for a broad range of activities that occur in or upon the County Right- of- Way (public streets, roads, sidewalks, and alleys). Activities in the Right-of-Way (ROW) such as special events, filming, and storage of equipment/materials may all require an encroachment permit. In addition to the ROW, use of County property or Flood Control District property, may also require applicants to obtain encroachment permits.
Examples of encroachment permits include but are not limited to:
Access to County road/facilities
Driveway and sidewalk improvements
Bus Stop, Bench and Shelter Permits
Street Storage Bins/Stockpiling
Refuse Container Bins
Access to Flood Control District Property
Sewer laterals and drains
Road or Traffic Lane Closures
Wireless Communication Permits
Holiday Decoration Permits
Refuse Container Bins
How to Submit a Permit Application
Applicants or their authorized representatives may fill out an encroachment permit application either in person, or via email. The application form must be accompanied by payment of the appropriate fees. Other documents may be required in addition to the permit application, such as: project design plans, site plans, location map, surety bonds, liability insurance, environmental documentation, and other related documents. Requirements may vary per type of permit. To find the requirements of the desired permit click on checklist or contact our office at (714) 667-8888
Forms and Applications
Encroachment Permit application forms can be found here.
Fees and Payment
The permit application fee, required to begin the application process is $66.95 and is non-refundable. Actual permit fees are based on the County Fee Ordinance which was adopted by the Board of Supervisors effective on May 1, 2015. Additionally a surety deposit may be required. The surety deposit is fully refundable upon successful compliance with the terms of the permit. Accepted methods of payment for an Encroachment permit are credit card, cash, check, or money order (payable to County of Orange) for most fees. If you are paying by credit card (Visa/Mastercard), you must also complete the Credit Card Authorization Form. Once you have downloaded and completed the Encroachment Permit application form and, if applicable, the Credit Card Authorization Form, bring these documents and the appropriate payment to the County Service Center located at 601 N. Ross Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701. Phone (714) 667-8888.
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