Maintenance Operations Division

The Maintenance Operations Division plans, directs, manages, supervises, and coordinates the activities and operations for maintenance of the City's beach, buildings, parks, trees, roadside landscaping, and streets. This division also oversees response to hazardous materials related situations.

To report a Public Works issue or concern, please call (562) 431-2527 x1414 or send us an email. 


The Street Maintenance section is responsible for maintaining all City streets, sidewalks, curbs, and gutters. A City map can be accessed using the link found below. The City adopts a Pavement Management Program Report every two years, which is a record of pavement evaluations and ratings. The purpose of this report is to inventory and rate the quality of the pavement throughout the City. A plan is then put together to optimize the spending of funds for the future. The report makes recommendations for the City's Arterial Paving, Local Paving, and Annual Slurry Seal Programs.

Street Map of Seal Beach
Pavement Management Plan
Paving & Slurry Moratorium


The City's Utility Maintenance section is a large component of the Public Works Department. The City owns and operates its sewer, water, and storm drain systems. In order to manage, operate, plan, and program, the City has prepared Master Plans for each of the three utilities to better serve and identify capital needs and projects.

The intent of the Sewer System Master Plan is to identify the City's sewers, construct a model of the flow through the system, and recommend improvements related to maintenance of existing pipes and increasing of capacity of the existing pipes.

Maintenance of the Sewer Lateral throughout private property extending to the Sewer Main is the responsibility of the homeowner.

The City of Seal Beach collects sewage and transfers it to the Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD) for treatment. OCSD has developed a program to educate the public on items that are sewer safe. For additional details about this program, please visit

To report a Sewer System Overflow (SSO) or sewer collection system blockage during normal business hours, contact the City of Seal Beach Public Works Department. To report a spill after-hours, contact the Police Dispatch.

City of Seal Beach Public Works Department
Business Hours                                  (562) 431-2527
After Hours                                         (562) 799-4100
Police Dispatch                                   9 - 1 - 1

Sewer System Master Plan
Draft 2016 Sewer System Management Plan Audit
Draft 2018 Sewer Master Plan
Draft 2018 Sewer System Management Plan
Draft 2018 Sanitary Sewer Emergency Overflow Response Plan
Water Master Plan
2020 Urban Water Management Plan
Water Shortage Contingency Plan
Appendix J - Reduced Delta Reliance Addendum to the City of Seal Beach 2015 Urban Water Management Plan
Water Rate Study
Storm Drain Master Plan

The City of Seal Beach Water Department vigilantly safeguards its water supply and, as in years past, the water delivered to your home meets the quality standards required by federal and state regulatory agencies. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and the State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water (DDW) are the agencies responsible for establishing and enforcing drinking water quality standards.

The annual Water Quality Report can be found here.


The City contracts with a private contractor to maintain the City parks and landscaping, including medians and City facilities. The City also contracts with a private contractor to maintain and trim the City's urban forestry.

The City makes every effort to ensure the quality and maintenance of its trees. Trees beautify the landscaping of street medians and sidewalks while promoting better air quality in surrounding areas. To learn more about the tree species planted in the City of Seal Beach, maintenance information, planting operations, and standard practices, please refer to the Street Tree Master Plan.

Citywide Landscape Maintenance Contract Reference Map
Street Tree Master Plan

Tree Maintenance Map


The City's street lights are owned and maintained by Southern California Edison (SCE). To report a street light outage, please call (800) 611-1911 or you can visit SCE's Report a Street Light Outage web page here.

Do you want to receive Southern California Edison Outage Alerts?  Click here for more information.


The City operates a network of 23 traffic signals. 21 of the signals are located on Seal Beach Boulevard, Westminster Avenue, and Lampson Avenue. In addition, Caltrans operates eight traffic signals that are located within the City, on Pacific Coast Highway and Seal Beach Boulevard.

Traffic Signal Location Map


The Maintenance Division is responsible for removal of all graffiti in the public right-of-way. To report graffiti please call (562) 431-2527 x1414.


The City contracts with Republic Services to provide trash, recycling, and green waste collection for all City residents and commercial businesses. Residential accounts are billed and collected by the City via the bi-monthly water bill. Commercial business accounts are serviced and billed directly by Republic Services. Click here to view the agreement between the City and Republic Services.

If you are a resident and have questions regarding collection dates, what to recycle, bin replacement, holiday pick up schedules, or to arrange a bulk item pickup, call Republic Services at (800) 299-4898.

A map of the trash pick-up schedule can be accessed using the link below:

Trash Pick-up Schedule

Click on the link below to view the latest Waste and Recycling Newsletter for Seal Beach:
Recycle Today – Waste & Recycling Newsletter for Seal Beach

Click on the link below to learn more about the City's disposal services:

Republic Services Website


To dispose of household hazardous waste (including medical needles/sharps), please visit one of the following locations:

Huntington Beach
17121 Nichols Street

1071 N. Blue Gum Street

6411 Oak Canyon

San Juan Capistrano
32250 La Pata Avenue

Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tuesday through Saturday (Closed major holidays and rainy days)
For more information please visit:
To dispose of old or unused medication, please see list of drop box locations.


The City contracts with a private contractor for street sweeping services. Sweeping is done for all public streets, paved public alleys, and specified parking lots in accordance with an established street sweeping schedule. The schedule can be accessed using the link found below.

The City has posted signs to indicate the sweeping time intervals so that cars parked along the road can be moved prior to the scheduled sweep.

The following holidays are observed by the City and street sweeping contractor and sweeping shall be cancelled on the following holidays:

New Year's Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
President's Day
Memorial Day
Fourth of July
Labor Day
Veteran's Day
Thanksgiving Day and the Friday After
Christmas Day

Daily street sweeping operations may be cancelled from time-to-time due to inclement weather. In the event of very light rain, sweeping operations shall continue. In the event of heavy and sustained rainfall, sweeping operations shall be cancelled for the day. On rainy days, please check the City's website homepage for inclement weather updates to determine if sweeping operations have been cancelled for that day.

Street Sweeping Schedule


The MaintenanceOperations division is responsible for maintaining the City's beach and pier. The City's pier is the second longest wooden pier in California. The City recently re-decked approximately two-thirds of its surface to a smoother walking deck. The project used a special wood type called Greenheart wood.


The City of Seal Beach owns and operates 37 facilities throughout the City. Some of the facilities include: City Hall, Old City Hall, the Police Station, City Yard Building, Library/Senior Center, numerous water facilities (wells and reservoirs), North Seal Beach Community Center, Marina Community Center, Lifeguard Headquarters, Lifeguard Garage, Lifeguard Zero Tower, Beach Yard Building/1st Street Garage, 1st Street/Beach Facility, Zoeter Building (Day Care), the Girl Scout House, Fire Station No. 44, Fire Station No. 48, and the Seal Beach Tennis Center. The City has adopted the 2011 Facility Condition Assessment Report for all City facilities. The report, which can be downloaded here, provides a general overview and planning document for repairs and/or replacements to all City facilities while incorporating current local, State, and Federal building codes, laws, and regulations.


The Public Works Department provides vehicle maintenance for over 100 vehicles and pieces of equipment. The Department maintains vehicles for the Police Department, Lifeguards, Public Works, and City Hall pool cars. The fleet includes 90 vehicles, two motorcycles, three all-terrain vehicles, five trailers, over 30 tractors and heavy equipment, and numerous portable generators.

AB 1826

Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling

About AB 1826

Assembly Bill 1826 requires businesses that generate a specified amount of organic waste per week to arrange for recycling services for that waste.  The law uses a tiered implementation schedule, which phases in requirements on businesses over time based on the amount and type of organics or waste the business produces on a weekly basis.

Why Organics

Mandatory recycling of organic waste is the next step toward achieving California’s recycling and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission goals. Organic waste such as green materials and food materials are recyclable through composting and mulching, and through anaerobic digestion, which can produce renewable energy and fuel. GHG emissions resulting from the decomposition of organic wastes in landfills have been identified as a significant source of emissions contributing to global climate change.

Organic waste includes: food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper waste that is mixed with food waste.

AB 1826 Compliance

Republic Services is currently working with the City on programs to support  AB 1826.  In early 2016 businesses that fall within the requirements of AB 1826 were notified about setting up an organics recycling program.  Please refer back periodically to our website for the most current information regarding AB 1826 and when recycling programs become available in the City. 

AB 1826 Implementation Timeline

  • April 1, 2016
    Businesses generating 8 cubic-yards per week of food waste shall arrange for food waste recycling service
  • January 1, 2017
    Businesses generating 4 cubic-yards per week of food waste shall arrange for food waste recycling service
  • January 1, 2019
    Businesses generating 4 cubic-yards per week of solid waste shall arrange for food waste recycling service

Does Your Business Qualify?

For a better understanding of the waste your business produces and if your business falls within the thresholds of the AB1826 standards, please contact Republic Services at 1-800-299-4898. 

Where to Go for More Information

For more information on AB1826, please visit the website for the California Department of Resources, Recycling, and Recovery (CalRecycle)

AB 341

The adoption of California Assembly Bill 341, which is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by diverting waste from landfills and to reach California’s recycling goal of 75% by the year 2020 is now in effect. This law requires California commercial businesses and public entities that generate four or more cubic yards per week of waste and multi-family housing complexes with five or more units, to adopt recycling practices

Each local jurisdiction is required to inform businesses about the recycling requirement and to keep track of the level of recycling within the business community. In addition, each jurisdiction is required to report to Cal Recycle, the state agency that oversees recycling and solid waste, on progress in the business community.

Benefits of AB 341

In addition to less material going into local landfills, AB 341 will also contribute to Orange County’s economy. The Department of Resource Recycling estimates that local jurisdictions, schools, and businesses will save $40 million to $60 million per year from 2012-2020, due to lower recycling versus disposal costs. A higher volume of recyclables will also create manufacturing and recycling jobs and help contribute to California’s competitiveness.

Where to Go for More Information

California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (Cal Recycle)