Welcome to the Public Works Department!
City of Buena Park
6650 Beach Boulevard, First Floor
Buena Park, CA 90622
Jim Biery - Director of Public Works/City Engineer
Phone: (714) 562-3670
Fax: (714) 562-3677
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The Public Works Department develops, builds, and maintains City facilities and infrastructure. City facilities include: streets, storm drains, sewers, traffic signals, public buildings and vehicles and water facilities.
Please use the navigation items to the left to learn more about the operations and activities of the Public Works Department. Or check the FAQ page for some of the most requested information. Please call (714) 562-3670 or e-mail us with your questions or concerns.
Public Works Overview
The Buena Park Public Works Department is responsible for the ongoing maintenance programs for City streets, utilities, buildings, equipment and the City's engineering, transportation and capital improvement programs. It has 72 employees, an operating budget of over $13 million and consists of the following divisions:
This division is responsible for the overall management of all public works activities and operations as well as coordinating with other public agencies including Caltrans, Orange County Transportation Authortiy (OCTA), Orange County Water District (OCWD) and the California Regional Water Quality Board.
This division is responsible for the design and management of all City-funded construction projects. This would include the installation of new sewer and water lines, public buildings, major street repairs and construction site inspections. It also maintains records and maps for City facilities and provides technical support to other City departments.
This division is responsible for the installation, timing and maintenance of all traffic control devices and signals. It also conducts engineering studies of traffic conditions and works with the Police Department and other agencies to improve traffic conditions in the City.
This division is responsible for the maintenance and repair of all city-owned vehicles and equipment. This includes everything from police cars to cement mixers.
This division is responsible for the maintenance and repair of approximately 55 city-owned buildings and facilities.
This division maintains all City streets and public alleyways, repair curbs and sidewalks and trims all trees located adjacent to city streets and traffic medians. They maintain approximately 175 miles of streets, crack seal 50 lane miles of street each year and they annually repair and replace some 350 miles of curbs and sidewalks.
This division maintains and repairs the city's 260 miles of water and sewer lines, including water valves, all 20,000 water meters, eight water wells, and a 20 million gallon underground reservoir.
Right of Way Permits
The Public Works Department is responsible for inspecting all work done within street limits. Anyone who has questions about permit fees or how to obtain a permit should contact the Engineering Services Division at (714) 562-3670 for information about applicable fees and procedures. Some of the things that permits are needed for include:
- Widening or replacing your driveway approach
- Having a dumpster placed in front of your property
- Landscaping work between the sidewalk and curb
- Closing streets for block parties
- Repairing your sewer connection to a city main
Please remember that in some cases, a pre-job inspection may be needed before a permit can be issued. If you are having work done by a contractor, they will have to provide the city with some additional information regarding their license. For more information regarding permits, applicable fees and procedures, click here.
Information Required from Contractors:
- Verification of State Contractors License Number
- Certificate of Liability Insurance (minimum requirements)
- Verification of Workers Compensation Insurance
- City Business License - Contact Finance Department at: (714) 562-3736
Department of Public Works Standard Plans
The Department of Public Works Standard Plans are currently being updated. Check back soon for updates.