All proposed projects and activities on SFPUC lands must be reviewed by the SFPUC to determine whether a proposal is compatible with SFPUC adopted plans and policies prior to obtaining written authorization from the SFPUC. The Project Review Committee (Committee) reviews proposals that involve any type of disturbance to the existing environment, including, but not limited to: construction or construction staging; digging or earth moving; clearing; installation; the use of hazardous materials; vegetation management; any other disturbance to SFPUC lands; or the issuance of a new or revised authorization document (lease, license, consent letter or permit) for a proposed new use or change to an existing use on SFPUC lands.
Project Review Committee
The Committee consists of staff from the Natural Resources and Lands Management Division (NRLMD), Bureau of Environmental Management (BEM), Water Supply and Treatment Division (WSTD), Real Estate Services (RES) and the City Attorney's Office (CAO). This multi-disciplinary team reviews projects and activities for:
- conformity with the Alameda and Peninsula Watershed Management plans;
- consistency with the Environmental Stewardship Policy, Right-of-Way (ROW) Use and other policies, and best management practices; and
- completion of analysis pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and of applicable environmental permitting processes.
During Project Review, the Committee may require modifications to the proposal and/or require implementation of avoidance and minimization measures to reduce negative impacts and to ensure that the proposal conforms to applicable plans and policies. Therefore, it is important to schedule projects for review at the earliest opportunity to address any potential project issues. Project Review Committee meeting agendas fill quickly and wait times for the next available meeting can be up to 2 months during seasonal peaks (ex. Projects within a dry creek bed in the summer; or vegetation management outside of bird nesting season).
Project Review Application
To initiate the Project Review process, please download a copy of the current Project Review application PDF from the link below. Once the application PDF is completed, digitally sign and save your edited application and email it, along with supporting attachments (project description, maps, drawings and/or plans), to one of the following Project Review Coordinators:
For Projects in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Alameda Counties: Send your application to email@example.com.
If you have any questions, please contact Michael Oakes, Land and Resources Planner, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (650) 652-3216.
For Projects in San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Tuolumne Counties: Send your application to Kevin Bolter at email@example.com.
If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Bolter, Chief Surveyor, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (209) 989-2114.
Completed applications with required attachments are scheduled in the order they are received for the next available Project Review Committee meeting date. To ensure your project proceeds on time, please provide detailed and complete information. After submitting the application and/or participating in the Project Review Committee meeting, you may need to submit additional documents and obtain multi-departmental approvals prior to written authorization. SFPUC staff will guide your proposal through the review and authorization process. Please note that obtaining approval of a lease or license agreement may take several months and require Commission or Board of Supervisors approval. Please plan your project accordingly.
If your project is located near SFPUC infrastructure, please click on the SFPUC-WSTD Land Engineering link below to receive information about requesting SFPUC pipeline drawings or about requesting authorization to pothole SFPUC pipelines. Once you obtain the SFPUC infrastructure drawings and you pothole the SFPUC pipelines, please incorporate the SFPUC infrastructure drawings (including the SFPUC property boundary, pipelines and appurtenances) and potholing data into your construction drawings or plan set to show the proposed project or activity relative to SFPUC property and infrastructure. Then submit your revised plans to the appropriate Project Review Coordinator above.
Monthly Project Review Committee Meetings
Project Review Committee Meetings for projects on SFPUC lands in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Alameda Counties are generally held twice per month at the SFPUC NRLMD/Water Quality Division (WQD) building located at 1657 Rollins Road, Burlingame, CA 94010.
For Projects within the City and County of San Francisco: The SFPUC has a separate application and Project Review process for proposals located within the City and County of San Francisco (in-city). For more information about in-city Project Review, please contact SFProjectReview@sfwater.org.
Issuing a Certificate
Upon successful completion of the project review process, the Committee will issue a certificate that will enable project managers to obtain access permits, if required, and watershed/ROW gate keys for consultants and contractors.
Project Review Application
Please complete and sign this PDF form electronically. Email the completed application with all required attachments.
Land Engineering Evaluation
Land Engineering (LE) evaluates construction activities within the SFPUC ROW. To obtain SFPUC pipeline drawings or written authorization to pothole SFPUC pipelines, please contact LE.