Public Works Department

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The recently completed resurfacing projects citywide, that include 7 street segments, used asphalt rubber hot mix (ARHM) funded in part by a grant from CalRecycle. The repaving of these streets with rubberized asphalt diverted 7,528 waste tires from California’s landfills. Thank you CalRecycle!

The Public Works Department is responsible for administering the City’s public works program and for providing engineering functions. The Department is primarily responsible for the design, preparation and checking of plans for all facilities within street rights-of-way, including those within private developments and City-owned property. The Department prepares necessary plans, designs and specifications for streets, sidewalks, storm drains, sewers, parks, parkways, medians, signing and striping. The Department administers contracts with other agencies or entities for the cleaning of public streets, alleys, storm drains and for the repair to streets, sidewalks, curbs and gutters. The Department is also responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of City-owned properties, facilities and equipment, as well as City parks, parkways, trees and grounds landscaping, joint use facilities and City Trails.  In addition, the Department provides staffing to the Public Works & Traffic Commission.

To view detailed information about the Public Works Department's work program, please review the Annual Reports.

Call Before You Dig!! 1-800-227-2600 or 811

Before you or your contractor excavate, grade or dig, State law requires that you
call Underground Service Alert of Southern California ("USA" or "Dig Alert") a minimum of 2 working days prior to the start of work. The Dig Alert staff notifies all underground utilities or other owners of equipment in the area that you will be digging. The utilities and owners are required to mark the location of their facilities so that they aren't disturbed by your project.

This one telephone call can protect you against charges associated with repairing or restoring telephone, gas, electrical and water service, which may be damaged during the excavation.

The Dig Alert telephone number for our area is 1-800-227-2600 or 811.

If you would like additional information regarding the program, visit

Placing a Roll-Off Bin in the Public Right-Of-Way?

Click here for Caltrans' Current Project Map for all active Caltrans project.
An ENCROACHMENT PERMIT is required BEFORE placing a Roll-off Bin (“Dumpster”) in the Public Right-Of-Way.

1. Obtain and complete an application from the Public Works Department or
City permits webpage.
2. Pay permit fee of $55. No permit will be issued without proper payment.  
The City of La Cañada Flintridge does not accept credit cards. (Cash or check only)
3. Provide 8.5” x 11” photograph of the project site. 
4. Provide proof of insurance (general liability, workers’ compensation). All insurance documents MUST name the City as an additional insured and provide the proper endorsement form and language as specified in the insurance requirements. A copy of a valid insurance certificate must be submitted to the City upon renewal.

The permit is valid for 14 calendar days and is eligible for one 14-day extension at no additional cost.