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Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: (310) 458-8721
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E-mail: sm.engineering@smgov.net

Permit Center
1685 Main Street, Rm. 113
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: (310) 458-8737
E-mail: pwpermits@smgov.net

Hours
Mon – Thurs, 8 AM to 5 PM
Alternating Fridays, 8 AM to 5 PM
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Use of Public Property Permit

A Use of Public Property Permit is required when any person deposits or maintains in or upon any public street, parkway, sidewalk, alley, park, or other public land, any:

  1. Moving container,
  2. Moving container,
  3. Temporary fencing,
  4. Protective canopy,
  5. Building material,
  6. Debris and debris receptacle (dumpster), or
  7. Equipment in connection with any building or other work upon adjacent private property.

Temporary No Parking signs will be issued as necessary to facilitate the permitted use of public property.

Note: A Use of Public Property Permit is not required when use of public property is necessitated by another permit issued by the Public Works Department. These permits include Sewer, Excavation, Offsite Improvement, and Film Permits. These permits inherently authorize necessary use of public property in connection with the work authorized under the permit.

Validity

A Use of Public Property Permit can be issued for a duration of 1 to 180 days. Upon approval by the Public Works Department, the Permit may be renewed an unlimited number of times for durations ranging from 1 to 180 days.

Exception for Moving Containers: A Use of Public Property Permit for a moving container can be issued for a maximum of 14 days. Renewals are evaluated on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Public Works Department.

Fees

The fees below are effective for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. Permits issued after June 30, 2018 will be subject to the fees set for the subsequent fiscal year.

Fee Description Amount
Base Rate  
  General (based on Temporary Traffic Control Plan requirements)  
    No Temporary Traffic Control Plans required (common) $110.45
    Non-engineered Temporary Traffic Control Plans required that do not need to be approved by the Mobility Division (common) $110.45
    Non-engineered Temporary Traffic Control Plans required that do need to be approved by the Mobility Division $195.18
    Engineered Temporary Traffic Control Plans required that do need to be approved by an engineer in the Traffic Management Division $110.45
  Moving Container $47.59
  Crane $226.61/day
Square Footage Area Charge  
  Residential $0.0145/sq ft/day
  Commercial $0.0235/sq ft/day
Temporary No Parking Signs $1.04/sign
Meter Parking Lost Revenue (if Temporary No Parking is in a meter zone) Based on Posted Rates
Permit Renewal $47.59

Notes:

  1. Only one Base Rate will apply to your permit.
  2. The Square Footage rate applies to all uses of public property except cranes, which must instead pay a Crane daily rate (see exception in Note 3).
  3. Vehicle-mounted cranes with a footprint, including outriggers used while the crane is in operation, completely confined within the parking lane, are exempt from the Crane daily rate and subject only to the Base Rate plus the Square Footage Area Charge.
  4. The Permit Renewal fee does not apply to renewals for cranes; you will be charged the daily Base Rate for the number of days of renewal.

Examples


Moving Container

Scenario: Jane and Joe Smith area moving out of their residence and want to place a 20 ft long moving container in the parking lane in the street in front of their home for 5 days.

Discussion: Parking lanes in Santa Monica are 8 ft wide, so a 20 ft long moving container in the parking lane occupies 160 sq ft of public property. Two Temporary No Parking Signs are required to reserve the space for the moving container. A fee breakdown is provided in the table below:

Fee Description Rate Quantity Total
Moving Container, Base Rate $47.59 -- $47.59
Square Footage, Residential $0.0145/sq ft/day (160 sq ft)(5 days) $11.60
Temporary No Parking Signs $1.04/sign 2 signs $2.08
    Total Permit Cost: $61.27


Dumpster

Scenario: XYZ Contractors would like to put a 30 ft long dumpster in the parking lane in front of a commercial construction site. The dumpster will be there for 30 days.

Discussion: Parking lanes in Santa Monica are 8 ft wide, so a 30 ft dumpster in the parking lane occupies 240 sq ft. Three Temporary No Parking signs are required to reserve the space for the dumpster. A fee breakdown is provided in the table below:

Fee Description Rate Quantity Total
General/No Temporary Traffic Control Plans required, Base Rate $110.45 -- $110.45
Square Footage, Commercial $0.0235/sq ft/day (240 sq ft)(30 days) $162.20
Temporary No Parking Signs $1.04/sign 3 signs $3.12
    Total Permit Cost: $282.77

Updated November 2017

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