Search Backing Santa-Monica-PublicWorks-Civil-Engineering
Public Works Home

Main Engineering Office
1437 4th Street, Ste. 300
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: (310) 458-8721
Fax: (310) 393-4425
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
Click here to see which Fridays City Hall is open

 

Go Santa Monica

Excavation Permit

An Excavation Permit is required for trenching, digging, boring, tunneling, drilling, potholing, jacking of conduit or pipes, or placement of a facility or structure in the public right-of-way.

Validity

Excavation Permits are valid for 180 days from the date issued. Upon approval by the Public Works Department, the permit may be renewed an unlimited number of times. Each renewal extends the permit for an additional 180 days.

How to Apply

Excavation Permit Applications are accepted over the counter at the Public Works Counter during regular operating hours. No appointment is necessary. The following are required to submit an application:

Required at Time of Application

The following documents must be submitted at the time of an application:

Required Before Permit Issuance

The following documents do not need to be submitted as part of an application but must be provided to the City prior to pulling an Excavation Permit.

  • Contractor proof of insurance. Click here for the City's insurance requirements. Click here for a sample proof of insurance.
  • Contractor information, if not provided as part of initial application
  • A valid City business license

Additional Documents

Projects in certain locations need additional documentation. Please refer to the table below to see if your project will require additional documentation.

Condition Rate
The project will not be able to maintain 11 ft of clearance at all times in the alley Roadway Closure Permit Required
The project will encroach into a travel lane (bike/vehicle) on a road classified by the City as a "Street of Significance" Temporary Traffic Control Plans reviewed/stamped by the Traffic Management Division
The project will encroach into a travel lane (bike/vehicle) on a road not classified by the City as a "Street of Significance" Traffic Control Plan Supplement approved by the Transportation Planning Division

Updated November 1, 2018

 

 

 

City of Santa Monica © 2018

1685 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90401 · (310) 458-8411 · TTY (310) 917-6626