Encroachment Permit


Encroachment means any physical obstruction and any structure or object of any kind or character placed, without the authority of law, either in, under, or over any City street or any other public property in which the City has an easement or other interest (O.M.C. 12.64.010). An Encroachment Permit is issued by the Director of Public Works for the purpose of encroaching within public rights-of-way. Public right-of-way is typically bounded at both sides by property lines, which often includes sidewalks and parkways.

The Encroachment Permit is governed by Orange Municipal Code, Section 12.64. Street cut regulations are described in Section 12.20.

To see which streets are under the pavement moratorium view The City of Orange Pavement Moratorium Viewer.


Encroachment Permits are issued by emailing pwpermits@cityoforange.org:

Permit Form

The permit can be either filled out by hand or prepared on the computer. An electronic copy of the permit application should be submitted to pwpermits@cityoforange.org. Fax transmittal is discouraged because of its poor reproduction quality.

A permit number will be assigned at the time of submittal.

Additional Items

The following items should be included in addition to the permit application form:
  • Certificate of Insurance
  • Improvement plan (when required)
  • Traffic control plan (when required)
The improvement plan and traffic control plan will not be accepted for plan check without an Encroachment Permit application.

All submittals must be processed electronically. Plans should not be sent directly to an individual in the department for review. For fees associated with the Encroachment Permit, please see the Master Fee Schedule here.