An excavation permit is needed for sewer laterals and other utilities. Applicants must pick-up an original construction permit application (PDF) form from the Engineering Division Counter, located on the 1st floor of City Hall.


Permit Fee

There is a $113.22 permit fee plus a $154.02 per hour inspection fee (minimum 2 days).

Penalty Fee

The penalty fee is $226.44 for worked performed without a permit.

Bond Posting

  • Projects under 100 square feet: $500 cash (refundable) or $1,000 bond
  • Projects over 100 square feet: $5 per square foot (refundable) cash or surety bond (minimum bond requirement of $1,000)
  • Multiple excavations: $10,000 cash or bond

Bonds are to remain in effect for one year for mechanical compaction and thirty days for slurry back fill.


Minimum of $1,000,000 liability and $100,000 property together with Worker's Compensation. The city must be named as additional insured.

Other Information

Contractor must possess a state contractor's license and city business license. Contractor must show proof of Underground Service Alert (USA) notification by providing a copy of the service slip or the authorization number. For questions or comments, please contact us at 626-307-1320.