Any work performed in the public right-of-way (off-site) or in a public utility easement (P.U.E.) requires an Encroachment Permit, including work for various utility companies (PG&E, AT&T, Comcast, California Water Company), fiber optics, and monitoring wells. Please refer to Sunnyvale Municipal Code Title 13, Chapter 13.08 for right-of-way encroachment procedures and regulations.
Use the Encroachment Permit Requirements form as a check list for submitting an encroachment permit package. Complete an Encroachment Permit Application and submit the permit application package to the Public Works Department/Engineering Division. The Application can be mailed to the address below or submitted in person at the One-Stop Permit Center in City Hall. Hours of operation are: 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday.
Permit application mailing address:
Sunnyvale City Hall
Attn: Public Works Dept., Engineering Division
456 W. Olive Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
The Encroachment Permit Fee shall be per Page 34, Section 8.01 of the city's master Fee Schedule. Permit fee is subject to change every fiscal year as part of the city's budget approval. Fee Schedule FY 2014/2015.
Contractor’s License and Certificate of Insurance
Individuals performing work permitted through an Encroachment Permit must be licensed contractors with Class A General Engineering license from the State of California. Other license classifications may be acceptable depending upon the type and scope of work.
Please refer to:
The contractor shall provide a Certificate of Insurance with general liability insurance of single coverage of $1,000,000.00 minimum. Said policy shall name the City of Sunnyvale as an additional insured (A separate endorsement sheet is required with the insurance policy, and the location and job description must be included on the policy). Refer to the Insurance Certificate Sample for specific information needed.
Cash Deposit/Surety Bond
Depending upon the type and scope of the work being performed in the public right-of-way, surety bonds and/or cash deposit may be required to guarantee completion of quality work and to provide one-year warranty. Please refer to Faithful Performance Bond Sample, Labor and Materials Bond Sample, Maintenance Bond Sample for specific information needed.
Encroachment Permit will be issued with general conditions and/or special conditions. Traffic control plan may be required (depending upon location, hour and/or nature of work) and it shall be approved by City’s traffic engineer. Permit from other agencies may also be required (e.g., Caltrans, Santa Clara Valley Water District, Santa Clara County, etc.). Traffic Control Plans (if required) shall be in compliance with the latest California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (CA MUTCD) and the Temporary Traffic Control Guidelines.
Inspections are required for all encroachment permits issued. Inspections may be scheduled by calling (408) 730-7605 at least one business day prior to the date the inspection is needed.
Encroachment permits must be present at the job site at all times. Uninspected work will be rejected.