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Engineering Permits

Updated July 3, 2017

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Encroachment Permits | Excavation Permits |
Dig Alert—Notifying Utility Companies
| Transportation Permits |
Trash Bin Encroachment Permit

Encroachment Permits

A revocable encroachment permit is required when any person wishes to erect a building, fence, barrier, post or other obstruction on any portion of a street, avenue, alley, sidewalk, highway, public right-of-way or other public land within Cerritos. This applies to property abutting the public right-of-way. This permit is also required when temporarily locating a trash bin in the public right-of-way.

A permit and an inspection is required before any work begins. Encroachment permit applications are available at the Public Works counter on City Hall's second floor. The encroachment permit is $200 for residents and $570 for non-residents. For more information on encroachment permits, call the City's Engineering Division at (562) 916-1219.

Excavation Permits

An excavation permit is required before anyone may dig into any City street, alley, sidewalk or other public land. Excavation permit applications are available at the Public Works counter on City Hall's second floor. There is a $50 fee for the permit and a $50 fee for the inspection, plus a refundable deposit that varies based on the scope of the project. For more information on excavation permits, call the City's Engineering Division at (562) 916-1219.

Dig Alert—Notifying Utility Companies

If you are planning to dig on your property where utilities such as electric, water, telephone, cable television and natural gas lines are buried, you are required to notify the affected utility companies at least two days before you begin work. This will protect you from possible serious injuries and from liability if your digging damages any underground utilities. 

If you are a Cerritos resident, you can call one toll-free number to notify all utilities of your excavation plans and to request that the utilities mark their underground lines for you. To reach Dig Alert, call (800) 422-4133 between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. Pacific time, Monday through Friday.

The Dig Alert operator will ask for your address, including the city and county, and the name and telephone number of any contractors who will be handling the work for you. You will be asked to mark the area where you plan to dig with white chalk. Within a few days, a representative from the affected utility company will visit your home, check the site and mark the location of any utility lines.

Transportation Permits

A transportation permit is required for any vehicle moving a house or other structure, or an oversized load on any Cerritos street, alley or other public ground.  Transportation permits can be obtained from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works. Information regarding the transportation permit process is available through the County’s website at or by phone, at (626) 458-3127.

Trash Bin Encroachment Permit

A trash bin encroachment permit is required when any person wishes to place a temporary trash bin in the public right-of-way. A trash bin encroachment permit fee is $50 and is valid for seven (7) days. The permit may be renewed for an additional seven (7) days by contacting the Cerritos Department of Public Works/Engineering Division.

Trash bins are available for rent through the City’s contracted waste services provider CalMet Services, Inc. (562) 259-1239. For more information on trash bin encroachment permits, call the Engineering Division at (562) 916-1219.

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