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What should I do before I start a home or business project?
Call 8-1-1 before you dig. At least two days before you dig you must call this number. The Call Center provides a free service for homeowners, excavators and professional contractors. When you call 811, a utility representative will locate and mark underground utility lines, so you can dig, landscape, plant, trench or grade safely.
Call 811 before you dig
How do I report a street light that needs to be repaired?
Contact the Larkspur Public Works Department at (415) 927-5017 or submit your request online using our "report an issue" link. Please be prepared with the street light pole ID number, which is located approximately 10 feet from the base of the pole and usually ends in the letter F. If a street light pole ID number is not identifiable, please provide an adjacent address. Street lights are normally repaired within five business days (or less) of the time the request was submitted for repair
Who is responsible for cleaning the catch basins in the street in front of my home?
The City cleans about two-thirds of the catch basins annually on a set schedule. If a catch basin is full or is not draining after a rain event it may have been covered with leaves or road debris and need to be removed from the grate. It is greatly appreciated if citizens rake the material off the catch basin into the street. If the catch basin is not blocked and is not draining, please call the Larkspur Public Works Office at (415) 927-5017.
When is my street scheduled to be swept?
The City of Larkspur provides street sweeping to each city-maintained street on a monthly basis. The streets are swept twice a month from October through January Our street sweeping is contracted to Marin Sanitary Services (415) 456-2601.
Marin Sanitary Services
Who maintains the sewer system in the city?
The sewer system is the responsibility of the Ross Valley Sanitary District #1. They can be reached by calling (415) 461-1122.
Ross Valley Sanitary District
Why can't I wash out my painting equipment in the storm drain?
As all of us become more aware of potential water pollution problems, we recognize that we can all do our part to eliminate water contamination. The storm drain system is designed for rainwater that falls from the clouds, not contaminated material. Remember, the stormwater flows into our creeks and rivers and eventually into the ocean. Further information can be found at the Marin County Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program - www.mcstoppp.org.
Does the City require a permit for a homeowner or business to remove a tree?
Yes. The City requires the owner of the property to obtain a permit prior to removing any tree located within the public right of way, or if it is of Heritage size. For permit application information, visit our website or contact the City of Larkspur Public Works office at (415) 927-5017 for information on permits to remove a tree.
Permits and Fees
City of Larkspur, 400 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur, California 94939 • Ph: (415) 927-5110 • Fx: (415) 927-5022
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