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What is a Boring/Monitoring Well Permit?

A Boring/Monitoring Well Permit allows a Contractor, possessing an appropriate contractor’s license, to bore or install a monitoring well within the public rights of way. San Francisco Public Works will evaluate the application as it relates to roadway restoration requirements per Article 2.4 of the Public Works Code. The monitoring well equipment and facility is regulated by the Department of Public Health (DPH) and requires a separate permit.


Permit Information and Procedure

  • All applicants must complete an Application For a Revocable Boring/ Monitoring Well.

  • The Permittee shall have a certificate of liability insurance on file with BSM.

  • The applicant or authorized agent must also have a current Business Tax Registration Certificate issued by the City and County of San Francisco Tax Collector’s Office pursuant to Section 1003 of Part III of the San Francisco Municipal Code.

  • The Permittee shall file and maintain a Street Excavation Bond with a minimum amount of $25,000.00 with the Department of Public Works, to guarantee the maintenance of the pavement in the trench and roadway area for a period of 3 years following the completion of the backfill and pavement restoration pursuant to Article 2.4 of the Public Works Code. All fees shall be paid prior to the issuance of the permit. See fee schedule.

  • All restoration shall be performed per Article 2.4 of the Public Works Code and DPW Order 178,940. All work including sidewalk and pavement cutting and removal, lagging, excavation, backfill, and sidewalk and pavement restoration shall be done by a licensed paving contractor and in accordance with the requirements of the Standard Specifications of the Bureau of Engineering,Public Works, July 1986 Edition, Public Works Order Nos. 135,595, 135,596, 176,707 and Board of Supervisors’ Ordinance #131-07.


Other Requirements

  • Having obtained authorization to excavate in the roadway, the contractor shall contact and obtain the proper permits from the Department of Public Health (DPH).

  • The Permittee shall call Underground Service Alert (U.S.A.), telephone number 800-642-2444, 72 hours prior to any excavation.

  • The Permittee shall conduct construction operations in accordance with the requirements of Article 11 of the Traffic Code. The Permittee shall contact the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA),           1 South Van Ness Avenue, 7th Floor, telephone (415) 701-4500, for specific restrictions prior to starting work.

  • DPW Order 183621 - Trench Restoration Order - Rules and regulations that would be implemented in the case of a catastrophic emergency within the City and County of San Francisco.

The Permittee shall make arrangements with the Street Improvement Section at least 10 days in advance by telephoning 554-7149, to schedule an inspection. 

For More Information

For more information or clarification on any of the permit requirements, please contact us at:

San Francisco Public Works • Bureau of Street-Use & Mapping 
1155 Market Street, 3rd Floor • San Francisco, CA 94103 • Map
Telephone : (415) 554-5810   Fax: (415) 554-6161
Office Hours : 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Monday through Friday, except official holidays

Note: all cash and check transactions must be submitted before 4:00 p.m.