About the Department of Public Works

The County has operated a road system for over 100 years, and a flood protection system for over 75 years. In 2000, the Department of Public Works was established by bringing together Transportation, Flood Control, Solid Waste, and Surveyor under one departmental structure. Public Works primary responsibilities are to operate and maintain county roads, administer special transportation projects, oversee subdivision maps, records of survey through the Surveyor’s Office, operate the county’s solid waste system, and maintain a very extensive system of flood control and water conservation facilities.

Special Districts is now part of the Public Works team. The Special Districts Department provides essential programs and municipal services that meet the current and future needs of the communities served.

Mission Statement

To enhance the quality of life for our communities by developing and maintaining public infrastructure, and providing a variety of municipal services that complements our natural resources and environment.


Lead the way to a thriving community through innovation in public works, fiscal responsibility, and environmental stewardship.


The embodiment of our core values will allow us to have a positive IMPACT on the citizens of our community:


Mutual Respect

Public Safety


Customer Service


Strategic Goals

  1. Surveyor – Provides timely map and plan check services for customer to allow the pace of development to proceed in a controlled and opportune manner.
  2. Transportation Division – Maintain the level of safety and maintenance for county maintained roads to help ensure the motoring public’s well being.
  3. Solid Waste Management Division – Improve the efficiency of landfill space utilization to more effectively meet the public’s future capacity needs.
  4. Flood Control District – Increase groundwater recharge services at flood control district facilities in support of maintaining adequate water supplies for the people of San Bernardino County.