Administration & Engineering Division

The Administration & Engineering division is responsible for directing, planning, organizing, and managing the infrastructure for the City's beach, buildings, sewer system, water system, parks, trees, landscape, and streets. Related activities include grant preparation, contract oversight, land development, construction activities, and coordination with various agencies such as the Coastal Commission, OCTA, and Orange County Public Works, among others.

The division also prepares and oversees the City's annual budget document and Capital Improvement Program (CIP).


The Administration & Engineering Division has adopted the following standard plans:


The City also uses the American Public Works Association (Standard Plans and Standard Specifications "Greenbook"), Caltrans, or County of Orange standards as necessary.


To ensure all private and public activity on public right-of-way is conducted in a safe manner that does not destroy public property, the City issues various permits. Permits range from excavation to banners to news racks. To determine if a permit is required for your needs, please call (562) 431-2527 x1326. In order to recover costs, a fee will be collected at the time of obtaining a permit. Links to various permit forms and fee information can be found below:

Application for a Public Works Permit
Fire Flow Test Request Form
Permit Fee Schedule
Public Works Fee Schedule


The City of Seal Beach performs sewer collection for residents. All sewer agencies, like the City, are required to maintain a General Waste Discharge permit with the state. The highest priority of the permit is to prevent Sewer “Spills”. The largest contributor to the cause of blockages and spills is fats, oils, and grease (FOG) getting into sewer lines.

Having an active program to limit FOG in the City’s sewer lines is a requirement of the City's permit with the state. The City has a FOG Control Ordinance, establishing legal authority for the City to control FOG discharge. The City implemented a FOG Control Program to enforce the Ordinance.

Restaurants are the largest contributors of FOG to the sewer system, so the City’s FOG program is tailored to them. All restaurants in the City are required to install devices that prevent FOG from entering the sewer system. Food Service Establishments (FSE's), per the Municipal Code, are subject to additional strict guidelines regarding maintenance of their FOG interceptors.

FOG Manual


The Administration & Engineering Division's Land Development section is responsible for all entitlement procedures ranging from lot line adjustments to Parcel Maps to Certificates of Compliance. The City's grading ordinance was adopted in April 2008 and can be viewed using the link found below. A variety of forms related to land development can also be accessed using the links below:

Certificate of Compliance Information Sheet
Grading Manual
Application for Grading Plan Submittal
Application for Certificate of Compliance Exhibit
Application for Certificate of Compliance Recording Form
Application for Certificate of Correction Recording Form
Application for Conditional Certificate of Compliance Recording Form
Application for Extension of Time for Maps Information Packet
Final Map Information Packet
Application for Lot Line Adjustment-Parcel Merger Information Sheet
Application for Lot Merger-Lot Line Adjustments Exhibit
Parcel Map Waiver Information Packet
Application for Photographs and Photographic Location Map