All encroachments in the public right-of-way must comply with the Street Furniture Technical Bulletin.
A Minor Encroachment (ENMI) is defined as “…an encroachment into the public right-of-way resting on or projecting into the sidewalk area, but which is not structurally attached to a building, such as flowerpots, planter boxes, clocks, flagpole sockets, bus shelters, phone booths, bike racks, fences, non-advertising benches, curbs around planter areas, displays of flowers, fresh fruits and vegetables.”
A Major Encroachment (ENMJ) is defined as "…anything attached to a structure or constructed in place so that it projects into the public right-of-way such as basement vaults, kiosks, covered conveyors, crane extensions, earth retaining structures, and structure connected planter boxes, fences, or curbs. Projections over any public street, alley or sidewalk in excess of the limitations specified in the Oakland Building Code shall also be classified as major encroachments, including theater marquees, signs suspended above the sidewalk, oriel windows, balconies, cornices and other architectural projections.”
Apply By Email: email your completed application to DOTOnlinePermits@oaklandca.gov.
Apply In Person: The DOT Permit Counter is open to the public at our Permit Center on the 2nd Floor of 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza. Click here to schedule an appointment. Please note: masks are required for entry into City buildings.
If you have questions about the Minor and/or Major Encroachment Permit, please call the DOT Permit Counter at 510-238-3199 or email DOTOnlinePermits@oaklandca.gov.