Curb, Gutter, Sidewalk Permit, and Sidewalk Certification

For work in the public right of way (ROW) involving curb/gutter/sidewalk a licensed contractor must pull a CGS Permit.

Curb, Gutter, Sidewalk (CGS) Permit
Apply Online
Apply Through Accela City Access (ACA), the Online Permit Center
Book A Meeting
Schedule a meeting to apply in person

A CGS Permit allows a contractor with the appropriate contractor’s license to install new or wider driveway, repair curb, gutter and sidewalk, repair a driveway, and install sidewalk underdrain 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 material, construction method, and paving, and requests compaction test results. For more information, please see the FAQs and Informational Flow Charts in the link below.

View City of Oakland Standard Design Detail for Sidewalks and Driveways.

View Sidewalk Certification Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

View How-To Guide to Register to Complete Sidewalk Compliance Certificate Process.

Apply for CGS Permit

There are three options to apply for a CGS and Sidewalk Certification Permit:

  1. Apply Online: Please click the "Apply Online" link above to apply for for a CGS repair and Sidewalk Certification 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
  2. Apply By Email: email your completed application to
  3. 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 CGS Permit, please call the DOT Permit Counter at 510-238-3199 or email

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