FAQs – Water Course Disruption Permits

Revised on 02-14-2020

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How long does it take to process a Water Course Disruption Permit? 

The time it takes to process a Water Course Disruption Permit will vary due to the scope, complexity of the proposed work, and responsiveness of the applicant and/or environmental regulatory agencies. The time frame can vary from two weeks to six months. 

How long is a Water Course Disruption Permit valid? 

A Water Course Disruption Permit is valid forever provided no changes are made to the original scope of work that was approved. It does not expire.  

What do you do if you need to revise a Water Course Disruption Permit? 

If you need to revise work that was approved by a previously issued Water Course Disruption Permit, you need to submit a new Water Course Disruption Permit application.

What is a violation within a water course? 

A violation occurs when a water course is obstructed, blocked, or work is performed within the water course limits without having obtained a Water Course Disruption Permit. 

Who or how will violations be dealt with? 

The Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) and/or Bureau of Street Services (BSS) will be contacted to request an inspector to cite the property owner.