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Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: (310) 458-8721
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Permit Center
1685 Main Street, Rm. 113
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: (310) 458-8737

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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.


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 Documents at Time of Application

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

Required Documents 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 certificate of insurance.
  • Contractor information, if not provided as part of initial application
  • A valid City business license

Additional Required 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 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

Forms and Documents

Click the links below to access forms and documents related to Excavation Permits.

Updated March 4, 2019




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