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Encroachment Permits

The Water District manages 10 dams and surface water reservoirs, 108 miles of levees, 393 acres of groundwater recharge facilities, 140 miles of water transmission pipelines, three water treatment plants, three pump stations and 278 miles of stream channels. To protect these assets, the Community Projects Review Unit administers the Water Resources Protection Ordinance using the Water Resources Protection Manual, provides cost-sharing for good neighbor fencing, facilitates land use transactions and joint use agreements, and offers technical assistance to land use agencies for applying Guidelines and Standards for Land Use Near Streams.

District Application Forms

  1. Encroachment Permit/Request of Real Estate Services Form 
  2. Permit Amendment/Extension Application Form
  3. Application for Good Neighbor Fencing Permit 

 Ordinance and Design Manual and Guidance

  1. Water Resources Protection Ordinance
  2. Water Resources Protection Ordinance (Pamphlet Version)
  3. Water Resources Protection Manual

Other Permits and Regulations

  1. Local Regulations or Guidelines and Standards for Land Use Near Streams
  2. Resource Agency Referrals
  3. Joint Aquatic Resources Permit Application

Reference Materials

  1. Frequently Asked Questions
  2. How to be a Good Stream Steward
  3. Temporary Erosion Control Options
  4. Bank Stability for Structures Built Near Streams
  5. Design Guide for Grading Adjacent to Streams and District Right of Way

Plants/Vegetation Information

  1. Preserving Trees for Healthy Watersheds (Tree Maintenance)
  2. Use of Local Native Plant Species
  3. Landscape Rebate Program Qualifying Plants 
  4. Don't Plant a Pest from California Invasive Plant Council
  5. CreekWise Use of Ornamental or Non-native Landscaping 


  1. GIS data
  2. Google earth-based interactive maps

Creek Side Trails:

  1. Uniform Inter-jurisdictional Trail Design, Use, And Management Guidelines
  2. County’s Trails Master Plan Site
  3. Sample Creek Trail Network Expansion Feasibility Study

Guidance Related to Levees

  1. Engineering and Design: Guidelines for Landscape Planting and Vegetation Management at Levees, Floodwalls, Embankment Dams, and Appurtenant Structures (Army Corps of Engineers April 10 2009)
  2. Living with Levees 

Contact InformationTel: (408) 630-2650; Fax: (408) 979-5635, E-mail: or

All correspondence and packages should be sent to the apporpriate mailing addresses below:

USPS mailing address:
Santa Clara ValleyWater District
5750 Almaden Expressway
San Jose, CA 95118-3686
Express mailing address*:
Santa Clara Valley Water District
Winfield Warehouse
5905 Winfield Blvd.
San Jose, CA 95123-2428