Construction projects and equipment purchases (excluding vehicles) which cost $10,000 or extend the life of the project or equipment five years will be included in the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP): minor capital outlays of less than $10,000 will be included with the operation program budgets. Projects with total costs exceeding $100,000 will be included as part of the City’s capital assets for accounting reporting purposes.

The Capital Improvements Program is a plan that identifies the capital projects to be funded during a five year planning horizon. The CIP is updated annually, and the first year of the plan serves as the current year capital budget. The CIP is a planning document to help City Council systematically schedule and finance capital projects to ensure cost-effectiveness as well as conformance with established policies. The CIP is organized into the same functional groups used for the operating programs. The CIP reflects a balance between capital replacement projects that repair, replace, or enhance existing facilities, equipment or infrastructure, and capital facility projects that significantly expand or add to the City’s existing fixed assets.

Every CIP project will have a project manager who will prepare the project proposal, ensure that required phases are completed on schedule, authorize all project expenditures, ensure that all regulations and laws are observed, and periodically report project status.

A CIP Review Committees, headed by the City Manager or designee, will review project proposals, determine project phasing, recommend project managers, review and evaluate the draft CIP budget document, and report CIP project progress on an ongoing basis.

The CIP will emphasize project planning with projects progressing through at least two and up to six of the following phases:

  1. Designate. Appropriates funds based on projects designated for funding by the Council through adoption of the Financial Plan
  2. Design. Final design, plan and specification preparation, and construction cost estimation.
  3. Construction. Construction contracts.
  4. Construction Management. Contract project management & inspection, soils & material tests, other support services during construction.
  5. Equipment Acquisitions. Vehicles, heavy machinery, computers, office furnishings, other equipment items acquired and installed independently from construction contracts.
  6. Debt Service. Installment payments of principal and interest for completed project funded through debt financing. Expenditures for this project phase are included in the Debt Service section of the Financial Plan.

Generally, it will become more difficult for a project to move from one phase to the next. As such, more projects will be studied than will be designed, and more projects will be designed than will be constructed or purchased during the term of the CIP.

A copy of the City 5-Year Capital Improvement Program can be viewed here.

Projects Currently Bidding - NONE

Bid Results - NONE


The City’s Beach and Pier is a landmark tourist attraction that draws approximately 2 million visitors during the high season. It is made up of a wooden deck pier with lighting, utility infrastructure, a restaurant and permitted fishing. The beach includes 2 parking lots, approximately 2 miles of dry sand beach, restrooms, park and landscaping.

Buildings & Facilities

The City’s Building and Facilities houses employees, visitors, tenants and business owners citywide in 22 structures. Structures include City Hall, Police Station, Fire Stations, recreation and community centers. The City has prepared a Building Facilities Condition Assessment of all City Facilities. A copy of the report will soon be available in Summer 2011.


The City Park infrastructure provides the lush landscaping and City’s Forestry. Seal Beach has over 70 Park and landscape sites citywide. The Forestry has over 150 species to maintain and nourish. A map of the map of all locations city wide can be viewed here.


The City’s Sewer System has over 160,000 feet of pipe, over 700 manholes and 7 pump stations to carry raw sewage to the Orange County Sanitation District. The Sewer Master Plan can be viewed here.

Storm Drain

The City’s Storm Drain System collects surface runoff in 11 drainage areas with one pump station. The City Storm Drain Master Plan can be viewed here


The City’s Streets and Transportation System is responsible for over 100 lane miles, continuous traffic flow, luscious landscaped medians, traffic signals and utility work within the streets. The City bi-annually maintains records for pavement evaluations and ratings which can be downloaded here


The Water Division produces and provides potable water to all residents, business owners, tenants and Naval Base. The infrastructure includes booster stations, reservoirs, wells, telemetry, valves, pressure regulation stations, fire hydrants, meters and control center. The Water Master Plan can be viewed here



5 Year Capital Improvement Program

The Department of Public Works is pleased to submit the fiscal year 2014/15 to 2018/19 5 Year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for the City of Seal Beach. The CIP is a vital program that outlines the City's infrastructure priorities. The 5 Year Capital Improvement Program can be viewed here.