COVID-19 UPDATE | The City is coordinating closely with our public health officials at the Santa Cruz County Health Department to prevent the further spread COVID-19. In an effort to protect you and our community, changes and measures have been adopted in daily operations and activities. For further details please click here for the City’s Response to COVID-19

Welcome to the Public Works Department 

Please join us in celebrating National Public Works Week May 17-23. View a tribute to our team from Vice Mayor Donna Meyers in English or Spanish.

We are continuing to serve you during this time of pandemic. Starting Tuesday, May 26, the Public Works public counter will be open to the public M-F from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. and by appointment 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Permits can be issued over the phone/email. Customers are encouraged to contact Public Works through alternative means to in-person service. Please call (831) 420-5160 for more information. 

Inspections: Miguel Lizarraga: 831-420-5176 /
Permits: Curtis Busenhart: 831-420-5175 /

While many of our counters are temporarily closed, a complete list of services that are currently being offered and how to access them is available here.

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.

Capital Improvement Projects Information and Map 

Measure H Street Improvements

Mayor's Proclamation National Public Works Week 2020 

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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