Apply for a Sewer Lateral Permit

City requires a Sewer Lateral (SL) Permit for PSL inspections. The SL Permit allows a contractor with the appropriate contractor’s license to install a sewer lateral in private property or in the City Right-Of-Way. Applicant must request for inspections at least 48 hours in advance of scheduled work. City Inspector will inspect the pipe material, connections, and requests compaction test results.

Application and Scheduling of Inspections

Apply for a Sewer Lateral (SL) Permit at DOT Engineering Services. The Permit Counter is currently closed to the Public. All City Inspectors will continue to perform field (contractors and private sewer lateral) inspections.

Please utilize the below ACA Link to Apply Online through the online Portal if you already have an account! New Contractors can create a username and password and follow to steps to create an account.

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Once you have your Issued Permit, you will continue to Email in your request for Scheduling your inspections to If you should need to Cancel or Reschedule please email ASAP.

Lateral near a Creek? Apply a Creek Protection Permit!

The Permit Counter will notify you if a Creek Protection Permit is needed through a Creek Determination Process.

Oakland's creeks are a valuable resource to the City of Oakland. In 1997, the community joined with policy makers to create additional protection policies through the creation of a Creek Protection Permit.

The City of Oakland's Stormwater Ordinance includes permitting guidelines for development and construction projects taking place in or near creeks. The intent of the permit is to assure that work done on a creekside property will avoid or limit, to the extent feasible, having a negative impact to the creek at both the time of construction and in the future.

Click here to apply for a creek permit