Pavement Cut Moratorium

On March 6, 2018 the City Council adopted Ordinance O-2018-003 adding Chapter 12.36: Pavement Cut Moratorium to the Municipal Code in order to protect the City's investment in its infrastructure, and to preserve the life of our streets. 

Section 12.36.030 states "permission to excavate in roadways shall not be granted for five (5) years after the completion date of roadway construction or maintenance, including but not limited to an overlay, chip seal, slurry seal coatings, micro paving, or other maintenance of the roadway surface. Utilities shall plan well enough in advance to determine alternate methods for making necessary repairs to avoid excavating in newly resurfaced roadways." A chart of streets that is covered by the moratorium is shown below.

Streets Covered by Moratorium

Street Limits Expiration Date
Capanna Court West end to Highland Drive Pending Notice of Completion for project
Capanna Street Highland Drive to James Way Pending Notice of Completion for project
Christine Way Dugan Drive to Norma Drive Pending Notice of Completion for project
Cima De Colina Clydell Court to Rancho Pismo Drive Pending Notice of Completion for project
Clydell Court West end to Highland Drive Pending Notice of Completion for project
Clydell Way Highland Drive to El Viento Pending Notice of Completion for project
Coral Circle Highland Drive to the end Pending Notice of Completion for project
Coral Court West end to Highland Drive Pending Notice of Completion for project
Crest Drive Skyline Drive to James Way Pending Notice of Completion for project
Cypress Street Stimson to Hinds
6/16/2025
Cypress Street San Luis to Wadsworth
6/16/2025
Dolliver Street/Price Street (HWY 1)* South City limits to Mattie Road Pending Notice of Completion for project
Dugan Drive Houston Way to Margo Way Pending Notice of Completion for project
Effie Way Dugan Drive to James Way Pending Notice of Completion for project
Elaine Way Dugan Drive to Norma Drive Pending Notice of Completion for project
El Viento Whitecap Street to the east end Pending Notice of Completion for project
Frances Way Norma Drive to James Way Pending Notice of Completion for project
Highland Drive North City limit to James Way Pending Notice of Completion for project
Hinds Avenue Cypress to Dolliver
6/16/2025
Houston Way Dugan Drive to Norma Drive Pending Notice of Completion for project
Irish Way Shamrock Lane (N) to Shamrock Lane (S) Pending Notice of Completion for project
James Way Oak Park to Effie
6/16/2025
La Colima La Floricita to La Puesta del Sol Pending Notice of Completion for project
La Floricita  El Viento to La Puesta del Sol Pending Notice of Completion for project
La Garza West end to Ventana Drive Pending Notice of Completion for project
La Gaviota El Viento to El Viento Pending Notice of Completion for project
La Puesta del Sol La Gaviota to east end Pending Notice of Completion for project
Limerick Lane Shamrock Lane (N) to Shamrock Lane (S) Pending Notice of Completion for project
Margo Way Dugan Drive to Norma Drive Pending Notice of Completion for project
Mattie Road West end at City Limits to Price Street Pending Notice of Completion for project
Miguelito Lane Clydell Court to Rancho Pismo Drive Pending Notice of Completion for project
Morgan Drive North City Limit to El Viento Pending Notice of Completion for project
Norma Drive West end to Margo Way Pending Notice of Completion for project
Oakwood Drive Shamrock Lane to James Way Pending Notice of Completion for project
Ocean Boulevard West end to end near Placentia Avenue Pending Notice of Completion for project
Panorama Drive Shamrock Lane to Ridge Road Pending Notice of Completion for project
Princessa Lane Clydell Court to Rancho Pismo Drive Pending Notice of Completion for project
Rancho Pismo Drive North end to Highland Drive Pending Notice of Completion for project
Reef Court  West end to Coral Court Pending Notice of Completion for project
Ridge Road East City Limit to James Way Pending Notice of Completion for project
Santos Way Clydell Court to Rancho Pismo Drive Pending Notice of Completion for project
Shamrock Lane Ridge Road to Irish Way Pending Notice of Completion for project
Shell Beach Road Cliff Avenue to Terrace Avenue
4/1/2026
Skyline Drive Summit Drive to Crest Drive Pending Notice of Completion for project
Solar Way Price Canyon Road to Bello Street Pending Notice of Completion for project
Summit Drive Skyline Drive to James Way Pending Notice of Completion for project
Surf Street Valley View Drive to Highland Drive Pending Notice of Completion for project
Terrace Avenue Along the frontage of Shell Beach Elementary
4/20/2027
Valley View Drive Coral Court to Highland Drive Pending Notice of Completion for project
Valley View Drive El Viento to Ventana Drive Pending Notice of Completion for project
Ventana Drive North City limit to James Way Pending Notice of Completion for project
Villa Court  West end to Capanna Street Pending Notice of Completion for project
Vincente Court Clydell Court to South end Pending Notice of Completion for project
Vista Pacifica Circle James Way (N) to James Way (S) Pending Notice of Completion for project
Wadsworth Avenue Judkins Middle School to Boosinger Park
6/16/2025
Wave Avenue Valley View Drive to Highland Drive Pending Notice of Completion for project
Whitecap Street  Valley View Drive to Ventana Drive Pending Notice of Completion for project
White Oak Boulevard Oakwood Drive to Ridge Road Pending Notice of Completion for project

*Dolliver Street/Price Street (HWY 1) is currently under construction as a Caltrans project, however the City is currently in relinquishment negotiations. This roadway will be under the pavement cut moratorium if and when it is taken over by the City of Pismo Beach.

Anticipated or Current Work

Street Limits Construction Date
Boeker Avenue Shell Beach Road to the west end January 2024
Price Street Dolliver Street to Hwy 101 Spring 2024
Vista Del Mar Shell Beach Road to Ocean Boulevard January 2024
Wadsworth Avenue Price Street to Northeast End (Heights) Summer 2024

Exceptions to this moratorium may be permitted at the discretion of the Public Works Director/City Engineer in the following situations:

1. Emergencies which endanger life, property or public health and safety.
2. Interruption of essential utility service.
3. Work that is mandated by city, state, or federal legislation.
4. Unforeseen circumstances where the financial burden outweighs the benefit to the roadway infrastructure.
5. Other situations deemed by the Public Works Director/City Engineer to be in the best interest of the general public.

A. To excavate within a roadway within five (5) years of the completion date, a waiver must be obtained. To request a waiver, the applicant must submit a written request to the Director of Public Works/City Engineer. The request must include:

1. The location of the excavation.
2. Description of the work to be performed.
3. A statement from the applicant setting forth good cause for why the work was not performed before the roadway was resurfaced.
4. A statement from the applicant setting forth good cause for why the work cannot be deferred until after the five (5) year period.
5. A statement from the applicant setting forth good cause for why the work cannot be performed at another location.

For more information, contact the Engineering Division at (805) 773-4656.