California Department of Transportation

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Encroachment Permit Branch - District 5

The District 5 Encroachment Permit Branch issues Transportation Permits for activities on the state highway system. For additional information contact:

Steve Senet, District Five Encroachment Permit Engineer
California Department of Transportation
District 5, Permits Branch
50 Higuera Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 549-3152

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Encroachment Permits

The use of California State highways for other than normal transportation purposes may require written authorization (an Encroachment Permit) from the Department of Transportation. As the responsible Department for protecting the public's investment in the State highway system, Caltrans reviews all requests from utility companies, developers, volunteers, nonprofit organizations, etc., desiring to conduct various activities within the right of way. Such activities could include for example: construction of highway improvements, driveway installation and maintenance, highway landscaping and graffiti removal, commercial filming, special events such as parades commemorating an event, e.g. Independence Day.

Transportation Permits

The Department of Transportation issues permits for the movement of vehicles/loads exceeding legal size, weight, and loading limits. You can find more information on such permits at Caltrans' Office of Truck Services, Transportation Permit Branch.

Last updated: February 2, 2012