Public Works Department

The Public Works Department operates and maintains the City's physical and natural assets. These assets include the City's infrastructure (water, sewer, and drainage systems) and public property including beaches, buildings, and parks. Our mission is to provide safe, reliable, and well-maintained infrastructure, facilities, parks, and landscaping.

The Department is comprised of two divisions that manage the City's assets: Administration & Engineering and Maintenance Operations. The Administration & Engineering Division is responsible for managing Capital Improvements, which include planned construction improvements to the City's roads, intersections, bridges, sidewalks, storm drains, traffic signals, water system, sewer system, drainage system, piers, public buildings, and parks. Maintenance Operations includes all activities that occur routinely or on a recurring basis. The Maintenance Operations Division of the Public Works Department operates a City Corporation Yard at 1776 Adolfo Lopez Drive.

The activities performed by the Public Works Department are delivered through a combination of in-house employees and external vendors. Utilizing external contracts allows the Department to keep overhead as low as possible while delivering the highest level of service.

If you are a private contractor and need a water meter, please contact the Public Works Department at (562) 431-2527 x1317.

The Public Works Department has 23 full-time employees and is structured as illustrated in the graphic below.

Memorial Bench and Expand the Forest Program

The memorial bench program has proven popular over the last ten years as approximately 80 benches have been placed throughout the community honoring the memory of Seal Beach residents. Bench sponsors can purchase a park bench under this program and City staff will install it for the public’s enjoyment. Benches can be installed in public parks and along public streets under certain conditions. The City recently developed a series of location maps that pin point the locations where park benches have been approved for placement. Bench sponsors can review these maps and select their preferred location when submitting their memorial bench applications.

In conjunction with the memorial bench program, the City has developed an alternative to memorial benches and the community now has the option of planting a memorial tree as part of the City’s Expand the Forest Program. Tree sponsors can purchase a 24-inch box tree in memory of a loved one and the City will plant and maintain it. Trees can be planted in several community parks and in two locations along the Electric Avenue Greenbelt. Maps that pin point the locations of pre-approved tree planting spaces as well as tree species are also included on the memorial bench maps.

Should you have any questions regarding this program, please contact Grant Tavasci at 562-431-2527 x1414 or by email

Expand the Forest Application
Memorial Bench & Tree Maps
Memorial Bench Application