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The Public Works Director may approve the issuance of an encroachment permit for an encroachment where compliance with the following standards can be demonstrated or specific findings are made that the standard is not applicable. The Public Works Director may attach any conditions to the issuance of the permit that are required in any applicable planning approvals or reasonably related to ensuring compliance with this section, or other applicable City codes.

A. Standards for Approval.

1. Horizontal clearances of at least five (5) feet shall be maintained on all sides of all utilities including electrical power, communications, sewer, storm drain, and water. This distance shall be measured between proposed encroachments and existing or proposed utility lines, manholes, appurtenances, and fixtures, including but not limited to fire hydrants, above ground transformers, cabinets, and other structures. Clearances around water meters shall be at least one (1) foot behind and two (2) feet from the sides when measured from the outside edges of the box. A larger horizontal clearance may be required if utilities mandate larger clearances for specific structures; for example, additional clearance may be required in front of electrical cabinets and transformers. Requests by utility providers for larger horizontal clearances or additional conditions shall be considered for inclusion into the permit. The applicant shall pay for relocation of the existing utility lines, manholes, appurtenances, and fixtures if this standard cannot be met.

2. Vertical clearances between utilities and natural landscape materials or structures placed below or above those facilities shall be the distance required by the affected utilities. Conditions requested by the utility providers shall be considered for inclusion into the permit.

3. Proposed encroachments, improvements and temporary measures shall not cover, prevent access to, or block the flow of water into inlets, basins, ditches, or drainage ways. Grading changes shall not otherwise alter the drainage patterns in the right-of-way without written approval of a grading and erosions control plan by the Public Works Director.

4. Sufficient space for off-street parking, loading, and pedestrian travel shall be maintained. The encroachment shall not result in a loss of area needed for parking, vehicular maneuvering, or pedestrian travel.

5. It is determined that the requested encroachment is consistent with the current use of the public right-of-way, easement or public property.

B. Conditions.

1. When the Public Works Director determines that allowing the requested encroachment may subject the City to potential liability, a condition of permit issuance shall be the filing with the City Risk Manger of a policy of insurance and form of policy by an insurance company licensed to do business in the State of Oregon. The policy shall protect the City, its officers, agents, and employees, and the abutting property owners, lessees and tenants from any and all claims for injury or damage to persons or property that might result from the placing and/or maintenance of the permitted encroachment. The amount of the insurance policy shall be at least the limits of public body liability under the Oregon Tort Claims Act. The policy shall also contain a provision that the City Risk Manager shall be notified at least 30 days prior to any cancellation of such insurance. The permittee shall maintain the insurance for the term of the permit issued. Failure to maintain the insurance shall result in automatic revocation of the permit.

2. All work within the public right-of-way, public easement, or public property shall be consistent with engineering plans, profiles, specifications, and standards approved by the Public Works Director in accordance with City requirements.

3. The Public Works Director may place a limit on the time the proposed encroachment may be located in or on the right-of-way, public easement or public property.

4. To ensure that encroachments do not contribute to visual blight or create a safety hazard, conditions of permit approval may include a requirement that the encroachment be appropriately maintained.

5. The City may impose a charge for the use of the public right-of-way, public easement or public property. (Ord. 3040, added, 11/16/2010)