Public Works Permits

Forms
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Applying for a Public Works Permit



To apply for a Public Works permit or ask questions related to the permit process, you may obtain service via the following resources:

  • OnlineOur Citizen Access page allows you to search property/permit information such as current projects and application status, and submit permit applications. This system currently allows for Public Works Encroachment Permit applications to be processed. 
  • By mail/emailSend all applications and other applicable documents to: Public.Works@co.nevada.ca.us  or by mail with your fees included to: Public Works at 950 Maidu Avenue, Nevada City, CA 95959.
  • In-PersonThe Public Works Department is located at the Nevada County Government Center at 950 Maidu Ave in Nevada City. Currently, due to COVID-19, the CDA Lobby is open by appointment only.  
  • Phone/Fax:  Phone messages are checked twice each hour between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday - through Friday at (530) 265-1411/ Fax (530) 265-9849
  • Book an Appointment: Click here for our Online Appointment system.  
     

Disclaimer


  • Payments: Currently, only Encroachment Permit Applications are available for online credit card processing at the time of submission through the Citizens Access page
  • Online credit card payment for Sewer Permit Applications can be submitted electronically as follows:  
  • Submit all applicable documents to the Public Works Department via one of the following:
  • Email: Public.Works@co.nevada.ca.us
  • USPS: Nevada County Public Works, 950 Maidu Ave, Nevada CIty, CA  95959
  • Drop-off: Nevada County Government Center at: 950 Maidu Ave, Nevada City,  CA 95959
  • Public Works Administrative staff will review, generate a permit number and contact you to provide the permit number. 
  • Customer can then access our online Payment Processing and make a payment by credit card
  • Credit card payments cannot be taken over the phone or by mail at this time. 
  • Do Not mail cash. 
  • Submittal Checklists: The submittal checklist is intended to assist you in preparing and submitting a complete application. You must complete & submit all items for your application to be accepted. All items listed must be reviewed and fees paid before a permit will be issued. 
  • Commencement of Work: Any work or event on a County maintained roads cannot begin until the applicable permit has been issued.  The checklist should be submitted as a cover page with your application.
  • Approval Process:  Permit approval process varies and may be affected by a number of elements such as an incomplete application package, non-compliance to build standards or regulations, holidays, weather and other unforeseen events. The following are the standard expected turn-around times for permits
  • Encroachment - 7 to 10 business days
  • Transportation - 1-3 business days for single, 7-10 business days for annual
  • Sewer - 7 to 10 business days. 

Encroachment Permits


Click here to access the Encroachment Permit Application
Click below to access Private Driveway Construction Requirements and Drawings:

Encroachment Permit Application Process - Construction and Driveways
  • Provide an engineered traffic control plan that shows the traffic control for the project.
  • Site Plan showing where proposed work will be done
  • Insurance Certificate for $1,000,000 in General Liability and General Aggregate for $2,000,000 and specifically naming the County of Nevada, Public Works as additional insured for this specific permit.
  • Pay Encroachment fee: $373.64 (includes permit fee of $132.96 and two inspections at $120.34)
  • Re-inspection: $120.34 (per each additional inspection above the two provided in the initial permit.)
Encroachment Permit Application Process - Utilities
  • Provide an engineered traffic control plan that show the traffic control for the project. 
  • Site Plan showing where proposed work will be done
  • Insurance Certificate for $1,000,000 in General Liability and General Aggregate for $2,000,000 and specifically naming the County of Nevada, Public Works listed as additional insured for this specific permit.
  • Pay Encroachment fee: $253.30 (includes permit fee of $132.96 and one inspections at $120.34)
  • Re-inspection: $120.34 (per each additional inspection above the one provided in the initial permit.)
Encroachment Permit Application Process - Event
  • Traffic Control Plan. If County maintained roadways will be closed or intermittent traffic control, provide proof of CHP involvement. Contact CHP California Film Commission at (800)858-4749
  • Site Plan showing the start of the event, what County maintained roads will be used and where the event will end
  • Insurance certificate for $2,000,000 per occurrence in General Liability and $4,000,000 in General Aggregate and specifically naming the County of Nevada, Public Works listed as additional insured for this specific permit.
  • Participant waiver forms waiving and releasing the County of Nevada from all claims of liability
  • Pay Encroachment fee: $132.96 
Encroachment Permit Application Process - Film
  • Traffic Control Plan. Contact CHP California Film Commission at (800)  858-4749
  • Site Plan showing where proposed work will take place and what County maintained roadways will be used
  • Insurance Certificate for $2,000,000 in General Liability Per Occurrence and $4,000,000 General Aggregate, specifically naming the County of Nevada, Public Works listed as additional insured for this specific permit
  • Complete a Photography/Motion Picture Permit application with the department of Information and General Services (IGS).
  • Drone film permit (Unmanned aircraft) over State Property, Certificate Waiver of Authorization, USAIG (Unmanned Aircraft System Certificate of Insurance)  and a UAS license.
  • Pay Encroachment fee: $132.96

Transportation Permit


Click here to access the Transportation Permit Application

Transportation Permit Application Process

  • Complete and submit the Transportation Permit Application
  • Electronic submission of the Transportation Permit Application is currently not available through the Citizens Access. Completed Applications can be submitted as follows:
  • Single Permit Applications can be mailed, faxed or emailed. if faxing or emailing, attach a copy of the check that has been mailed. If mailing include check with permit. 
  • Annual Permit Applications must be mailed with permit.  Faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted. 
  • Pay the appropriate fees:    Single $16.00     Annual $90.00
  • Packages can be submitted as follows: 
  • Mail to: Department of Public Works, 950 Maidu Ave, Nevada City, CA 95959
  • Fax to: (530) 265-9849
  • Email to: Public.Works@co.nevada.ca.us

New Sewer Connection Permit

Click here to access the New Sewer Connection Application

Select the appropriate Supplemental package for your zone from the following list:
Supplemental package for Lake Wildwood and Lake of the Pines
Supplemental package for Cascade Crossing, Cascade shores and North San Juan
Supplemental package for Darkhorse
Supplemental package for Penn Valley and Valley Oak Court
Supplemental package for Mountain Lake Estates
Supplemental package for Eden Ranch


Click and print the Owner Information package for your files and retain for future reference: 
Owner Information package

New Sewer Connection Permit Application Process

  • Establish the designated Sanitation District Zone for your property
  • Download the General Sewer Application, associated Supplemental Package for your zone and the Owner Information package. 
  • Site plan must show all sewer system components to be installed per the design requirements for your zone (i.e. sewer lines, tanks, alarm panels, clean-outs etc.)
  • Submit completed application package to the Department of Public Works.
  • Payment must be by Check made payable to: Nevada County Public Works Department. 
  • Electronic submission via the Citizens Access page is currently not available for Sewer Permits
  • Packages can be submitted as follows:
  •   Mail to: Department of Public Works, 950 Maidu Ave, Nevada City, CA 95959
  •   Drop-off: Nevada County Government Center - Community Development Agency - 950 Maidu Ave, Nevada City, Public Works     Bin. 
  • Email to: Public.Works@co.nevada.ca.us - and mail check to address noted above. 

Fees


A list of all sewer related fees can be found at the following link:Sewer Fees
Sewer Permit application fees can be paid by credit card on line once the completed application package has been submitted to the Public Works Department. After receipt and review, Public Works Administrative staff will contact applicant with permit number. For Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU's) less than 750 sqft, impact fees cannot be charged per SB13, however connection charges are still applicable. 
Fees related specifically to the New Sewer Connection Application are as follows:
  • Lake Wildwood - $345.21 (inspection fees)
  • Lake of the Pines/Darkhorse - $345.21 (inspection fees) + $14,700 new EDU = $15,045.21
  • (EDU fee will be charged by the Building Department if sewer is in connection with a new building permit, otherwise fee will be payable to the Public Works Department)
  • Penn Valley - $250.00 (permit fee) + $345.21 (inspection fee) = $595.21
  • Valley Oak Court- $345.21 (inspection fee)
  • North San Juan - $345.21 (inspection fee)
  • Higgins Village - $345.21 (inspection fee)
  • Eden Ranch - $345.21 (inspection fee)
  • Gold Creek - $345.21 (inspection fee)
  • Cascade Shores - $3000.00 (permit fee) + (345.21 (inspection fee) = $3345.21

Adopt-A-Road Permit - For Approved Applicants Only 


The Adopt-A-Road Program is a great opportunity for individuals, groups and organizations to actively participate in keeping Nevada County roads free of litter.  
The County is very supportive of Citizens getting involved in keeping the roadways free of litter and appreciates those individuals, groups and organizations that take on the task. 
The following information has been provided in your original Approved Applicant Information Package, however we understand the need for copies of the various documents and the need for copies of the Participant Release and Waiver Form for County Road Clean-up for new participants. 
At any time you may contact the Department of Public Works for questions regarding the program.  by phone or email.  Currently the Nevada County Administrative Offices are open by appointment only and appointments are reserved for those issues that cannot be answered by phone or email. Contact via email at Public.works@co.nevada.ca.us or by phone at (530) 265-1411. 

Note: At time of publishing this posting was currently under revision.  Some links and forms may not be readily available.  Please contact the Department of Public Works for further questions.  Public.Works@co.nevada.ca.us   or by phone at (530) 265-1411.


Approved Applicant Information and Forms

Your Approved Applicant Information package will have Participant forms that will need to be completed by each individual wishing to participate as a volunteer and forms submitted back to Public Works for our files. 
The information package will also include copies of our General Provisions and  Guidelines, training links that are required to be completed by all participants and Safety Guidelines. 
Copies of the information package and forms are available on this site for current, approved Volunteer Groups. 
All Volunteer Groups must schedule and hold at least four cleanups per year. and the Department of Public Works must be notified of all scheduled clean-ups
Copies of your permit must be on site during all scheduled clean-up events

Forms  (These forms are currently under revision and unavailable)


Adopt-A-Road Volunteer Program Overview
Adopt-A-Road Volunteer Program Permit General Provisions and Guidelines
Adopt-A-Road Volunteer Program Safety Procedures
Adopt-A-Road Volunteer Program Guidance for Litter Removal During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Adopt-A-Road Volunteer Program Field Safety Guide
Adopt-A-Road Volunteer Program Participant Release and Waiver Form for County Road Clean-up