Encroachment and Transportation Permits

Encroachment Permit

An encroachment permit is required at least 10 working days before beginning any activity within the public right-of-way. With each application a “Conditions of Approval” must be signed and submitted along with any plans, if applicable. An application fee may apply, as well as possible bonding and insurance requirements. All encroachment permit applications must contain all required documents outlined in the Submittal Requirements. Incomplete application will be returned to the applicant. 

Emergency Street Cuts

Encroachment permit is not required when the making of an emergency street cut by a utility to repair a broken or defective pipe, facility or conduit lawfully on or under a public street, or excavating by a utility as may be necessary for the preservation of life and property when an urgent necessity therefor arises when the offices of the city are closed. Any utility making such street cut shall apply for an emergency encroachment permit on the next city business day. The issuance of such permit shall be at the sole discretion of the city engineer. If the emergency street cut is performed during business hours, the permittee shall  reach the engineering division by telephone in advance of the work at (408) 846-0223 or by email at permit.tech@cityofgilroy.org 

Street Cuts Moratorium

In order to maintain the integrity of the City road systems, the Public Works Department has established and developed the street cuts moratorium requirements. Excavation in newly constructed roads on public right-of-way is prohibited within the moratorium period. Moratorium map are shown under the Related Documents tab. 

Street Closure

A Traffic Control Plan is required for all street closures and needs to be submitted with the permit application.  Please allow a minimum of 10 working days to process a completed permit application. Street closures are at the discretion of the department.

Transportation Permit

A Transportation Permit issued by the City of Gilroy is required for any vehicle traveling along city streets that exceeds state height, weight, and/or length standard limits. Single trip permits cost $16, an annual permit charge is $90, and a repetitive permit (six-month duration) is $90.

Completed Transportation Permits may be emailed to the attention of the Engineering Division at permit.tech@cityofgilroy.org between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday (except holidays). Applications can also be mailed or processed at the Engineering Division counter at:

Attn: Engineering Division
City of Gilroy Public Works Department
7351 Rosanna Street
Gilroy, CA 95020.

Applications received after 4 p.m. will be processed the next business day.

Street Closures

Any construction activities which impede normal traffic flow requires an encroachment permit. Street closures include both full or partial closure of any roadways in the City of Gilroy for any length of time. Affected neighbors / agencies must receive a minimum 72-hour notification prior to start of work or as required in the encroachment permit.