|Frequently Asked Questions|
When do I need an encroachment permit? (top)
Any excavation, modification, construction activity or encroachment within the City’s right-of-way (ROW) or easement requires an encroachment permit from the City. The City’s street ROW most commonly covers streets and sidewalks and often a few feet beyond onto the owner’s property. The City also has various forms of public easements over private certain properties for public sewer, storm drains, utilities, access, view corridors or such other public use. Your property’s Title Report would typical identify such easements. Encroachment permits are required for both temporary and long-term encroachments. Typical activities that usually trigger the need for an encroachment permit include:
Contact the permit technician at 650-712-6660. Please refer to the Street Encroachment section of this website for more information.
An amended Heritage Tree Ordinance is in the Municipal Code Section 7.40.
How are street light outages reported and to whom? (top)
The City maintains the street lights along Main Street from Highway 1 to Filbert Street and the 300-500 blocks of Seymour Street. Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) maintains all the other street lights.
PG&E lights, you may call them at 1-800-743-5002
Where can I pick up sand bags? (top)
During each rainy season, Half Moon Bay residents can fill up sand bags at the TRAIN DEPOT 110 Higgins Canyon Road.
Who do I call to report the following: potholes, debris in roadway, street sign blockage, fallen tree limbs in the street? (top)
To report a pothole or missing signs, contact the Public Works Department at (650) 726-7177 or via email at
and include the issue, street name, address and location
Who is responsible for street sweeping services and what is the schedule? (top)
Please see the Street Sweeping section of this website for the latest information.
Who do I contact for sewer back-up emergencies? (top)
Call a plumber to clean out the sewer lateral as most problems originate there. If it is determined that the problem is not in the property owner’s pipes, you may contact Sewer Authority Mid-Coastside (SAM) who will clear blockages that occur in sewer lines http://www.samcleanswater.org/phone_numbers.htm: In the event of a sewer emergency such as sewage escaping the collection system or a sewage nuisance, call the Authority at: (650) 726-0124
Who do I contact regarding graffiti removal? (top)
To report graffiti vandalism in progress, residents should call 911. If you want to report information about “taggers” anonymously, please call the HMB Sheriff Sub Station at (650) 726-8288.
When reporting graffiti, the following should be included: