Permit Services

The Engineering Services reviews and issues the following permit types:
  • Encroachment Permits
  • Construction Water Permits
  • Subdivision Grading Permits
  • Transportation Permits

Permits are processed and purchased at the City of Woodland Community Development counter in City Hall at 300 First Street, Woodland, California.  For fee information, please visit our Comprehensive Fee Schedule web page located on this site.

For information regarding the processing of specific permits, please see below.

Encroachment Permits

What is an Encroachment Permit?

An encroachment permit is a contract that is required for any work that is done within the public right-of-way.  According to the City of Woodland Code, encroach or encroachment means going over, upon or under, or using a right-of-way or watercourse in such a manner as to prevent, obstruct, or interfere with its normal use. 

The following is a list of situations that require an encroachment permit:

  1. Excavating, filling or disturbing the right-of-way or watercourse; 
  2. Erecting or maintaining any flag, banner, post, sign pole, fence, guardrail, loading platform, pipe, conduit, wire or other structure on, over or under a right-of-way or watercourse; 
  3. Constructing, placing, or maintaining on, over or under or within a right-of-way any pathway, side-walk, driveway, curb, gutter, paving, or other surface or subsurface drainage structure or facility; 
  4. Lighting or building a fire within a right-of-way or watercourse; 
  5. Placing or leaving on a right-of-way or watercourse any materials including but not limited to rubbish, construction spoil, earth, metal objects, concrete or sod; 
  6. Planting any tree, shrub, grass or other living thing (except for weeds) within a right-of-way or watercourse; 
  7. Constructing, placing, planting or maintaining any structure, embankment, excavation, tree or other object adjacent to, over or under a right-of-way or watercourse;
  8. Temporary traffic controls;
  9. Temporary or  permanent modification of public infrastructure;
  10. Placement of a dumpster within the public right-of-way;
  11. Movement of construction equipment across public infrastructure (includes pool construction);
  12. Connection of water and sewer services;
  13. Installation or replacement of backflow devices.

An encroachment permit application should be submitted with a plan showing the proposed work.  Please allow one to three weeks for review.  Additional submittals may be required depending on the nature of the work.  See the Comprehensive Fee Schedule for current fees.

Construction Water Permits

A construction water permit, also known as a fire hydrant usage permit, is required for all access to a public or private fire hydrant water connected to City water. Construction water drawn from fire hydrants shall require a payment of fees per the City of Woodland Fee Schedule.  Hydrant Metering is required for water usage of greater than an acre-foot, or for a duration of greater than a month. 

Subdivision Grading Permits

Subdivision Grading Permit is issued for the mass grading of projects that include public improvements. A subdivision grading permit is required only if the project requests permission to mass grade prior to approval of full improvement plans.  If mass grading is approved with full set of improvement plans, a separate permit is not necessary.  

For a grading permit for individual parcels, the permit is obtained through the Building Division

Irrigation Well Permits

Irrigation well permits are required for drilling and installing a new well within city limits.  Per City Ordinance, all domestic water must be connected to the City's water system, thus, the well may only provide irrigation water to the site.  A permit with the Yolo County Environmental Health Department is also required for installation of a new well.  A copy of the county permit must be provided.

Transportation Permits

Transportation permits are called for from any oversized vehicle, combination of vehicles or object of weight or dimension that is intended to enter the public right-of-way. For more information regarding transportation permits and the permit conditions, please visit our City of Woodland Truck Routes and Permit Conditions web page.