Engineering Development Guidelines

The Engineering Division has compiled a list of common items that are reviewed and examined with plans submitted as part of an Architecture and Site Application.  Please review these elements and incorporate them into the plans, as appropriate, with the proposed scope and improvements to help streamline Engineering-related comments, questions and concerns during the Development Review process.

As required by Town Code Section 27.50.015(b), an applicant shall install all new, relocated, or temporarily removed utility services, including telephone, electric power, cable television and all other communications lines, underground.  Please review the document provided below to help determine it a proposed application will require the undergrounding of utilities.


Substantial Remodels, as defined by Sections 23.10.005 and 23.10.010 of the Town Code, may require the installation of improvements in the public right-of-way and/or dedication(s) of right-of-way, easements, etc., as determined by the Town Engineer. To establish whether a project qualifies as a substantial remodel, please utilize the document linked below.


Where required by a project’s Conditions of Approval, an approved Construction Management Plan is required in order to obtain a Building Permit and/or Grading Permit. The Construction Management Plan will be reviewed by the Engineering Division, Planning Division and Building Division prior to approval. The Construction Management Plan should be included in the Building and/or a Grading Permit set as a standalone full-size sheet that provides the information contained within the Construction Management Plan Guidelines below.  Please note that this differs from the Building Division's Construction Waste Management Plan.


Any projects proposed within areas of potential geologic hazards require a soils report for geologic and geotechnical review.  The report must discuss the geologic and seismic hazards, and conclude that there is a geotechnically feasible building envelope, in addition to providing geotechnical design recommendations.  Please review the information provided below to determine if a proposed project would require this additional review.

Private utility carriers or private companies requesting to install private utility facilities in the public right-of-way are required to obtain approval and permits from the Town of Los Gatos. The policy document linked below provides additional information and requirements.

The Town of Los Gatos has a policy that addresses private water facilities within the Town's right of way. The document linked below provides additional information and requirements.

The Hillside Development Standards and Guidelines were adopted by the Town Council in January, 2004. All new hillside homes and major addition and remodels of hillside homes are required to comply with the standards and guidelines. For more information contact the Planning Division.


Monument data for the Town of Los Gatos can be assessed within the document below.

The Engineering Division requires Traffic Impact Mitigation Fees for all Projects that are determined by the Town to generate one or more new net Average Daily Trips.  Please review the document below for additional information.


The Town of Los Gatos, at its sole discretion, may issue a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO). Please review the document below for additional information.


Questionnaire to help assess traffic impact can be found in the document below>

A traffic control checklist may be required for a project’s traffic control plan.  Please complete the checklist provided below and coordinate with the Town’s Public Works Inspector.