Welcome to the Public Works Department 

Mark R. Dettle, Director 
809 Center Street, Room 201
Santa Cruz, California 95060

Hours Monday through Friday:
7 a.m. to 12 noon • 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Phone:    831-420-5160
Fax:         831-420-5161
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Public Works provides the City of Santa Cruz with a variety of services including engineering design, traffic engineering and maintenance, storm water management, street maintenance, resource recovery management, waste reduction programs, wastewater management, flood control and parking control.

Currently, the Public Works Department is proposing a wastewater rate increase in order to maintain the Wastewater Treatment Facility and collections system. The community is invited to a public hearing on this proposal scheduled for the City Council meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14. Written comments or protests are encouraged and must be submitted by May 14. Read the hearing and proposed rates details on the mailer that has been sent to all City customers.

Capital Improvement Projects Information and Map 

Measure H Street Improvements

Mayor's Proclamation National Public Works Week 2019 

Organization Chart

Engineering Division provides engineering design services, city surveying, maintenance of maps and records, special assessment district administration, and all other basic engineering inspections and services. 

Operations - Resource Recovery includes Resource Recovery Collection which is responsible for refuse and recycling collection, street sweeping, and curbside recycling programs; and the Resource Recovery Facility, responsible for the processing of recycled materials, household hazardous waste, and the operation and maintenance of the landfill.

Operations - Fleet and Infrastructure includes Streets Division, responsible for constructing and maintaining city streets, sidewalks, and storm drains and flood control management duties; Traffic Maintenance which maintains street markings, street signs, street lights and traffic signals; and the Fleet Maintenance Division. 

Traffic Engineering and Parking Division performs traffic engineering studies and projects, operates all downtown parking facilities, the wharf gate, and parking control.

Wastewater Treatment Facility Division maintains and operates the Wastewater Treatment Facility and Wastewater and Storm Water Collections, responsible for operating and maintaining City wastewater pump station facilities, all wastewater collection lines and manholes in the wastewater system. 


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