An Encroachment Application is required for anyone doing work in or on the Department of Water Resources or Central Coast Water Authority Right
The DWR guidelines for encroachment permits can be found at the DWR website at:
Additional information related to DWR encroachment permits can be found at:
If the project is near the State Water Project pipeline north of Vandenberg Air Force Base, use DWR's forms at:
If the project is near the State Water Project pipeline south of Vandenberg Air Force Base, complete the CCWA application package described below.
For a printable version of the application instructions, please click:
CCWA Encroachment Permit Instructions.
When a "pothole" excavation is necessary, CCWA may issue a Temporary Permit strictly for use to determine the precise location of State Water facilities before the Encroachment Permit is approved.
Regarding the deposit, CCWA will return any unspent funds upon receipt of a letter noting completion of the project, along with final as built drawings. If no such letter and drawings are submitted within 6 months of CCWA activity on the project, then the remainder of the deposit shall be forfeited to CCWA.
Fill out the appropriate permit application and provide the attachments listed below.
The CCWA permit package should include the following:
When complete, submit the above to the address listed below:Central Coast Water Authority
Within 2 weeks of receipt of an encroachment permit application, CCWA staff will contact you to let you know the status of the permit, and whether any further information is needed.