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Main Engineering Office
1685 Main Street, Mail Stop 15
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Engineering Permit Center
1685 Main Street, City Hall East 1st Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Street Services
2500 Michigan Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90404

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Offsite Improvement Permit

An Offsite Improvement Permit is required if you are replacing, installing, or altering a:

  • Driveway
  • Curb, including curb drain
  • Gutter
  • Sidewalk
  • Street
  • Alley 

Offsite improvements may be required in connection with other development or construction activities occurring on the adjacent parcel. For example, a Public Works Inspector may require offsite improvements as a condition of finaling a Building Permit (BLD).

Contractor License Requirements

Contractors must possess a valid license issued by the Contractor State License Board (CSLB). Contractors shall possess one of the license classifications below based on the work being performed:

Type of Work CSLB Classification
Sidewalks A (preferred), B, C8 ,C12
Driveways (approach) A (preferred), C8, C12
Curb and Gutter A (preferred), C8 ,C12
Street/Alley A (preferred), C8, C12

How to Apply

Permit process:

  • Schedule a mark-out appointment with the City Public Works Inspector, Phil McIvor at 424-744-0825 or email at Phil.McIvor@SMGOV.NET
  • Meet out at the site, PW Inspector will provide the Contractor with a mark-out sheet delineating the quantities for the improvements (i.e. new or remove and replace driveway, curb and gutter, sidewalk, etc.) and what is to be permitted.

Once site meeting with PW Inspector concludes, email the following documents to 

  • Signed mark-out sheet by the PW Inspector.
  • Location Address of the improvements
  • Contractor proof of insurance. Click here for the City's insurance requirements. Click here for a sample certificate of insurance.
  • Contractor information to be included in email (valid CSLB license number, Contractor Business Name, Name of Contractor, Contact Information)
  • A valid City business license

This inbox is monitored Monday through Thursday 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. Due to recent City restructuring, our response times are currently delayed. Please do not send multiple emails regarding your inquiry; staff process all emails in the order received and will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible. 



Updated September 27, 2021

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