Several substantial changes to the County's Encroachment Permit Ordinance were adopted at the August 29th, 2006 meeting of the Amador County Board of Supervisors. The revised ordinance requires the applicant to deposit a Performance Security (Sec. 12.10.080) before a permit can be issued for a driveway, utility line installation, or any other encroachment into the County's right of way. The amount of the security deposit is 75% of the estimated cost of the work to be performed. This deposit, plus the permit fee, must be submitted with the initial application. The estimated cost of the work must be in writing from a licensed engineer, contractor, or architect. The cost estimate is subject to approval by the Director of Public Works. In some cases applicants also will need to provide proof of liability insurance (see Sec. 12.10.090) if there is undue risk to the public for the type of work they are proposing to do in the right of way.
If the work is performed according to the permit, then the Performance Security Deposit is refunded. If needed, the deposit will be used to properly complete the encroachment if other remedies (see Section 12.10.110) are not successful. The Director may waive the deposit for minor encroachment or utility work. These changes are effective September 29, 2006.
The remaining provisions of the current encroachment permit ordinance remain basically the same. The basic encroachment permit fee of $625.00 is not changed. The Performance Security Deposit amount will be added to the basic permit fee for the total of your permit cost.