Sewer Lateral & Non-Utility Excavation Permit

A private sewer lateral (PSL) is the pipe that carries waste from the plumbing in a home or business to the sanitary sewer main. Please note that only a licensed contractor with the correct classification may pull the permit.

Application for Sewer Lateral and/or Excavation Permit
(510) 238-3199
Questions? Please call the DOT Permit Counter

An 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. Applicants must request for inspections at least 48 hours in advance of scheduled work. Please call (510) 238-3561 for inspections. A City Inspector will inspect the pipe material, connections, and request compaction test results.

An Excavation (X) Permit allows a contractor with either Class C-57 or A license to excavate in the City Right-Of-Way for work relating to soil borings, monitoring well installation, potholing, UGS Tank Excavation, and water/gas meter excavation (on the property side of the meter). If the excavation affects pedestrian traffic, vehicle traffic, and/or bicycle lanes; an approved Traffic Control Plan IS REQUIRED. If the excavation affects any parking space, an Obstruction permit IS REQUIRED.

DOT Permit Counter Hours

(Offices CLOSED. Please email

Monday: 8am-12pm / 1pm-4pm

Tuesday: 8am-12pm / 1pm-4pm

Wednesday: 9:30am-12pm / 1pm-4pm

Thursday: 8am-12pm / 1pm-4pm

Friday: 8am-12pm / 1pm-4pm


250 Frank Ogawa Plaza, 4th Floor, Suite 4314, Oakland, CA 94612