Public Works Department

Welcome to the Department of Public Works website.  Public Works provides services integral to our community on a daily basis.  Our department's mission is to provide quality services with commitment, courtesy and pride.  In partnership with the Palo Alto community, we strive to offer efficient, cost effective and environmentally responsible services that make Palo Alto a beautiful, vibrant and appealing City in which to live and work.

                            

   
           

Director of Public Works, Mike Sartor, oversees the diverse responsibilities that range from the construction and maintenance of public facilities, streets, sidewalks and storm drains; implementation of Citywide sustainability initiatives; administration of the National Flood Insurance Program; oversight of the City’s Urban Forest; approval of construction work done in the City right-of-way; operation of the City Fleet; Waste Management and Recycling; Palo Alto Airport operations and the administration and operation of the Regional Water Quality Control Plant.  

The Department is comprised of four divisions -

Engineering Services
Designs and constructs City-owned facilities, streets, sidewalks, storm drains and parks infrastructure; provides engineering support to City Departments and the private development community for construction in the public right of way.

Environmental Services
Operates and maintains the Regional Water Quality Control Plant; maintains a Pretreatment Program for control of industrial and commercial dischargers; provides pollution prevention information and programs to residents and businesses; manages the City’s solid waste programs.

Public Services
Maintains and renovates City-owned and leased structures, streets, sidewalks, storm drains, street sweeping, street signage and parking lots; manages the City’s Urban Forest; and maintains the City’s fleet.

Airport Operations
Operates and maintains the Palo Alto Airport, the 3rd busiest airport in the Bay Area.



Last Updated: Dec 12, 2014
Adobe Creek Undercrossing Now Open
The City's Public Works Department has opened the popular Adobe Creek Undercrossing.
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JUST EAT IT: A food waste story
Exclusive Palo Alto screening of this award winning film!
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California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
An initial study for the Urban Forest Master Plan
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Prepare Your Home for Winter Storm Season
Prepare Your Home for Winter Storm Season
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Magical Bridge Playground
Opening Ceremony for the Magical Bridge Playground.
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Pavement Condition Scores Released
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission has published its 2013 Bay Area Pavement Condition Report which compares the street conditions in communities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
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CREEK MONITOR PAGE
View real-time creek level data.
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2015 Document Shredding Events
Shredding events will be held at the SMaRT Station in Sunnyvale.

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Register for these FREE Palo Alto Workshops
Find out more about tree care, sustainable landscaping, home composting, attractive alternatives to lawns and more. Take a tour of one of our open houses or the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
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Street Sweeping Schedule Change
Every Other Week Service Starts February 16, 2015
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El Camino Park Restoration Project
El Camino Park Restoration Project
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Parks, Trails, Open Space and Recreation Master Plan
Parks, Trails, Open Space and Recreation Master Plan
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Infrastructure Management System
The City is moving forward with implementation of its new Infrastructure Management System, a key recommendation of the Infrastructure Blue Ribbon Commission, following completion of the Needs Assessment Report.
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City Engineer Develops Innovative Idea for Water Re-Use
For years, City Senior Engineer Mike Nafziger had been trying to figure out a way to reuse water that is removed from residential and commercial construction projects.
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Energy/Compost Facility Consideration
This webpage is the third in a series of webpages as an Energy/Compost Facility in Palo Alto is considered.
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Newell Road/San Francisquito Creek Bridge Replacement Project
Newell Road/San Francisquito Creek Bridge Replacement Project
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Rinconada Park Long Range Plan
Rinconada Park Long Range Plan
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Public Works 2007 Standard Drawings and Specifications
Public Works 2007 Standard Drawings and Specifications
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Energy/Compost Feasibility Study
On April 5, 2010 the Palo Alto City Council directed staff to hire a consultant to conduct a Feasibility Study for a dry anaerobic digestion facility on the southeast side of Palo Alto's wastewater treatment plant ("Plant"). (See "April 5, 2010 City Council Meeting Results." )
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