Any construction or demolition occurring in the City of Palm Desert that involves work within the public right-of-way requires an Encroachment Permit prior to beginning the work.  Please see the complete Encroachment Permit Forms, Fees, and Information file for more details, or contact the Public Works Department for assistance.  Please allow 48 hours for approval of your application for an encroachment permit.

Grading Permit is required before performing any land alteration.  Property owners and contractors are urged to contact the Public Works Department while in the planning stage of projects requiring land alteration.  The Grading Permit Application may be downloaded here or obtained from the Public Works Department.

A no-charge Pool Drain Permit is required prior to draining a dechlorinated swimming pool, hot tub, or similar body of water. The Pool Drain Permit Application form may be downloaded here or obtained from the Public Works Department.  Please allow 24 hours for approval of your application. 

A Wide Load Permit must be obtained for any "oversized" vehicle exceeding the legal limits for weight and/or dimension, as defined by the California Vehicle Code (CVC 35783).  The City of Palm Desert permit allows the movement of only the vehicle/load described in the approved permit, and only within its city boundaries.  Please allow 24 hours for approval of your application.  There is no fee for this permit.

Due to the time sensitivity of most inspection requests, we ask that you contact us by phone to schedule or obtain information regarding inspections - (760) 776-6450.