Excavation Permit

Excavation (x) Permits are required before excavating the public right-of-way. An additional Obstruction Permit is required before blocking or obstructing the public right-of-way. An approved Traffic Control Plan may also be required to obstruct the sidewalk, bike lane, or vehicle travel lane. This Excavation Permit is for all applicants, except Utility Companies or Utility Company contractors.

Excavation Permit Application
Apply Online
Apply With Accela Citizen Access (ACA), the Online Permit Center
Book A Meeting
Schedule a Meeting to Apply In Person

Posted: July 10th, 2023 3:17 PM

Last Updated: July 11th, 2023 9:02 AM

Third-party Excavation (x) Permits are required before excavating the public right-of-way. The following may be useful resources:

Holiday Restricted Streets

Limited Operation Streets

Paving Moratorium

Street Excavation Rules

Obstruction Permit

Note: Utility companies, including EBMUD and PG&E, should apply for the Utility Excavation Permit.

Apply for an Excavation Permit:

  1. Apply Online: Please click the "Apply Online" link above to apply for for the SL permit through the Accela Citizen Access (ACA) Online Permit Center if you already have an account! New Contractors can create a username and password and follow the steps to create an account. For assistance with creating an account and registering to the ACA Online Permit Center, please contact Emily Jue at EJue@oaklandca.gov.
  2. Apply By Email: email your completed application to DOTOnlinePermits@oaklandca.gov.
  3. Apply In Person: The DOT Permit Counter is now 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, please call the DOT Permit Counter at 510-238-3199 or email DOTOnlinePermits@oaklandca.gov.

OakDOT Permit Counter Hours

Monday: 9am - 12pm / 1pm - 4pm (virtual appointments)

Tuesday: 9am - 12pm / 1pm - 4pm (in-person appointments)

Wednesday: 10am - 12pm / 1pm - 4pm (virtual appointments)

Thursday: 9am - 12pm / 1pm - 4pm (in-person appointments)

Friday: Closed