Encroachment Permits

What is an encroachment permit?

An encroachment permit authorizes the applicant to perform work within the City’s right of way, construct approved facilities, or conduct specified activities. The encroachment permit is not a property right like an easement, nor does it confer a property right. Therefore, it does not transfer with the sale of real personal property.

View the Lodi Municipal Code 12.04.

Anyone proposing to conduct any activity within, under, or over the city’s right of way are required to obtain an encroachment permit, examples include:

  • Companies
  • Contractors
  • Corporations
  • Individuals
  • Utilities
  • Other Agencies


  • Examples of work requiring a construction encroachment permit are: 
    • Driveway or Sidewalk Installation/Replacement
    • Equipment/Structures Placed upon the Street and/or Sidewalk
    • Sign, Post, and Fence Installations
    • Utility Work
    • Vegetation Planting/Trimming
    • Excavations
  • Examples of events requiring non-construction encroachment permit are neighborhood block events or items placed upon the sidewalk.
  • The downtown encroachment permit application is for downtown merchant sidewalk use. The downtown area encompasses Church, School, and Sacramento Streets from Lodi Avenue to Locust Street, Walnut, Oak, Pine, Elm, and Locust (south side) Streets from Church Street to the Union Pacific Railroad tracks.
  • Special event encroachment permit is for events within the public right-of-way proposing closure of streets and/or sidewalks.

Where do I apply for an encroachment permit?

You may apply for a permit at the Public Works Department, 221 W Pine Street, Lodi between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m, Monday through Thursday. The permit application is available online. Submitting an application does not constitute encroachment permit approval. The permit application fee to initiate the application process is non-refundable. Please contact the Public Works Department at 209-333-6706 for additional fee information and insurance details.

Fee Schedule

Block Party$56
Downtown Sidewalk Encroachment$56
Sidewalk/Driveway (Single Parcel)$118
Special Event$269

Permit Applications

Additional Information