Administration and Engineering

The Administration and Engineering Division is responsible for directing, planning, organizing and managing the infrastructure for Beach, City Buildings, Sewer System, Water System, Parks, Trees, Landscape and Streets. Included in engineering is grant preparation, contract oversight, land development, construction activities, and coordination with various agencies such as Coastal Commission, OCTA, Orange County Public Works, etc.

The Division also prepares and oversees the City’s Bi-Annual Budget document and Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The Department of Public Works is dedicated to improve your quality of life.

Standard Plans 1

The Engineering Division has adopted the following standard plans:

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

Permits & Fees

To ensure all private and public activity on public right-of-way, the City issues various permits. Permits range from excavation to banner to news racks. To better assist if a permit is required or not, please call (562) 431-2527 x1317. A Public Works permit can be viewed here. A fire flow permit can be viewed here. A fee will be collected at the time of obtaining the permit. A permit fee schedule can be viewed here.


The Engineering Division’s Land Development section is responsible for all entitlement procedures ranging from lot line adjustments to Parcel Maps to Certificate of Compliance. A grading ordinance was adopted which can be viewed here. Forms can be viewed here:


Certificate of Compliance Information Sheet 

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 

Table of Organization

The Public Works Department has 23 full time employees in both the Engineering and Maintenance Division. A table of organization can be viewed here