Our Permits Division, in accordance with State Law, County Ordinance, and the policies of the Board of Supervisors, issues transportation permits for over-size loads vehicles. This section also issues encroachment permits for any act or encroachment placed in a County-maintained road and special event permits related to special uses of County road rights of way.
Kern County requires a permit for all work performed in the County right of way. The inspector must be notified 24 hours prior to start of any work. The County has specific requirements for each different type of permit.
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We issue permits for above-ground structures, such as fences, power poles, curb & gutter, sidewalk, drive approaches, and private road approaches. We also issue permits for subsurface utility encroachments. We issue permits for all work within the road right-of-way including above-ground structures, such as fences, power poles, curb & gutter, sidewalk, drive approaches, and private road approaches. We also issue permits for subsurface utility encroachments. You must receive a permit prior to performing any work within the road right-of-way.
Road Closure(s) Transportation Permits
Permits are issued when a road closure is necessary for public safety for any road construction.
Permits are issued for filming in the road right-of-way.
Permits are issued for various events, such as car shows, rallies, and celebrations.
Oversized Loads Transportation Permits
Permits are issued for oversize loads as required by the California Vehicle Code. In certain cases, an annual blanket permit may be issued.
Only the County of Kern permit form or exact photocopies will be approved by this department for issuing permits. Please allow one hour to process your permit.
The maximum limits for annual blanket permits are: 12′ wide, 14’6″ high, 100′ long, with purple weight. Permits are issued for a one-year period. An insurance certificate must be one file with our office.