Engineering Permits

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 For information or questions regarding Encroachment Permit applications please contact Terrie Ayers at or 949-248-3589.

For information or questions  regarding Grading Permit applications and information please contact Sarah Moss at or 949-248-3554.


Engineering Counter Hours of Operation:

Monday - Thursday:  7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday:  7:30 am to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday:  Closed

The Public Works & Engineering Department has outlined the requirements for certain permits in the documents below. Please be sure to review and include all items in the checklist and to adhere to the submittal requirements listed in the Permit Process documents. 


Permit Type Required Fee Downloadable Handouts
Address Assignment Whenever an address is being changed or assigned. $292.00 per address Address Assignment Handout (PDF)
Encroachment Permit

Anytime work is being performed in the public right-of-way (exception: installation of grass or small plants in the parkway).

All application documents, details, and conditions related to the Encroachment process can be found in the Encroachment Permit Handout.

In limited cases permits can be issued through email.  In such cases you will need to complete an Encroachment Signature Card and submit either with physical permit application or submit via email to Engineering.

Utility companies working under Annual Agreements can email to request the current annual notification form(s). 


Varies per fee schedule

Encroachment Permit Handout (PDF)


Encroachment Signature Card (PDF)


Public ROW Insurance Reminders (PDF)


Standard Encroachment Conditions (PDF)


Standard Encroachment Details (PDF)


Street Moratorium Map (PDF)


Traffic Flow Map (PDF)


Traffic Control Manual (PDF)

Final Maps

When subdividing land and for the establishment of condominiums (reference the Subdivision Map Act for details).

Final Parcel Map = Deposit of $4,008.00

Final Tract Map = Deposit of $6,106.00


Map checking is on a time & materials basis

Final Map Handout (PDF)

When an excavation exceeds twenty-five (25) cubic yards on any one site and which is more than one (1) foot in vertical depth.


When a fill more than one (1) foot in depth is placed on natural grade with a slope steeper than five horizontal to one vertical (5:1).


When there is fill more than three (3) feet in depth, intended to support structures or mobile homes.


When surface paving of any kind exceeds three thousand (3000) square feet.


When an existing watercourse, channel, or revetment is altered by excavating, or placing fill, rock protection or structural improvements.

(Additional requirements may apply. See section 8.01.060 of the Municipal Code)

Varies based on the total number of cubic yards and valuation of the grading and site improvements (see fee schedule).  A recent revision to the DP Municipal Code calls for a fee of time and materials to be applied to projects with 500 cy or less


Standard Grading Handout (PDF)


Grading Notes (PDF)


Headlands Grading Handout (PDF)


Unit Price List(PDF)


Cost Estimate Worksheet (PDF)


Cost Estimate Worksheet(XLS)


Standard Border (DWG)

Improvements Installation of new storm drains, sewer/water lines, street improvements, etc. Varies based on the valuation of the project (see fee schedule) Improvements Handout (PDF)
Lot Line Adjustment

Any division of land not requiring a subdivision tract map, as specified by the Subdivision Map Act, where adjustment is sought between two or more existing adjacent parcels, the land taken from one parcel is added to an adjacent parcel, and a greater number of parcels than originally existed is not thereby created.


Deposit of $1,715

Actual cost varies based on project (see fee schedule)

LLA Handout (PDF)
Transportation Permits

When a non-exempt vehicle exceeds a maximum gross weight of 10,000 pounds along or upon any restricted street.

In limited cases permits can be issued through email.  In such cases, you will need to complete a Transportation Signature Card and submit either with physical permit application or submit via email to Engineering.


Single trip = $131.00 Annual Permit = $156.00

Transportation  Permit Handout (PDF)


Transportation Signature Card (PDF)

Additional Forms
Form Description Link
Unit Price List Unit prices handout to be used when preparing cost estimates Unit Price List (PDF)
Cost Estimate
City Standard Cost Estimate Sample worksheet in Excel Format and PDF.

 Cost Estimate Worksheet (PDF)

Cost Estimate Worksheet (xls) 

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Certain permits will require a Best Management Practice (BMP) Report to be included in the submittal. Please review the permit checklists to verify if this is required for your submittal.


  • Complete the Urban Runoff Threat Assessment Form to determine if your project is a low, medium, or high priority project. You will need to come to the front counter to complete this step.
  • Obtain a BMP handout from the front counter pertaining to your project priority. This handout will list all of the BMPs that will need to be included in your report.
  • Go to and click on the “Construction” link at the bottom of the page. You will need to print out the required BMPs and place them in a report which explains that your contractor will be implementing these BMPs during the construction phase of the project.

Also, certain projects will require a Water Quality Management Plan (WQMP). If you have obtained a Site Development Permit or Coastal Development Permit from the Planning Department, you should review the Conditions of Approval to confirm this requirement.



The City of Dana Point requires that approved plans for grading, improvements, and retaining walls for new tracts and parcel maps be submitted on Mylar.

The City requires that the Dana Point Standard Border be placed on all submittals.

* Click on the link below to download the AutoCAD DWG file: (AutoCAD 2007 Format)

Standard Border (DWG - updated June 2015)


Individual Mylar sheets are available for purchase at the following location:


OCB Reprographics
14 Goddard
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 753-4700
Driving directions


The City of Dana Point is currently working on the development of an online permitting system. In the interim, our E-permit module is now available for searching properties and permits. 


If you have additional questions, please contact the Public Works & Engineering Services Department at (949) 248-3554.

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