The Public Works Department’s mission is to provide quality services with commitment, courtesy and pride. In partnership with the Burlingame community, the Department strives to offer cost-effective and environmentally responsible services in the areas of design, construction, operation, and maintenance of public works infrastructure critical to the health and safety of the community and to making Burlingame a beautiful and vibrant city in which to live and work.
The Public Works Department is composed of seven major divisions: Engineering, Facilities, Sewer, Streets and Storm Drainage, Vehicle and Equipment, Water, and Wastewater Treatment Plant. The primary function of the Department is to provide essential public health and safety services to the community including high-quality drinking water, wastewater treatment, safe roads and sidewalks, storm drainage improvements and flood protection, and sewer collection system, traffic signal, street light, parking facility, building facility and fleet maintenance.
The Public Works Department is responsible for implementing the City’s Capital Improvement Program, including upgrades to aging infrastructure. In addition, the Department reviews plans and inspects construction of public improvements to serve new private residential, commercial, and industrial developments. The Department also reviews and processes encroachment permits for work done in the City right-of-way by private contractors and utility companies.