Encroachment Permit

Alert: Temporary Procedures

Due to new San Mateo County Health orders regarding COVID-19, the City of Burlingame is currently only accepting encroachment permit applications for essential services necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operations of residences.  Additionally, encroachment permit applications are being accepted for sewer lateral tests associated with the sale of a property.  Please email DPW@burlingame.org for encroachment permit inquiries.

Anyone working in the City right-of-way, such as street, sidewalk area, public easements, and utility easements, is required to obtain an Encroachment Permit prior to starting work.


Typical examples of the type of work requiring an encroachment permit includes, but is not limited to:

  • Sidewalk, driveway approach, curb and gutter repair or replacement
  • Curb drain installation or replacement
  • Sewer test, sewer lateral replacement and/or connection to City’s sewer main
  • Remove and replace utilities related to Building Permit for new residence or construction
  • Trenching, excavation, or openings in City right-of-way
  • Water or fire service installation or replacement
  • Traffic control and/or pedestrian protection
  • Underground utility and overheard utility work in the City right-of-way
  • Placing scaffolding in the City right-of-way
  • Moving trucks/vans, storage container(s) and debris box(es) in City right-of-way