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Department of Public Works
Department of Public Works

Welcome to Public Works. Our 280+ staff are responsible for the City’s extensive network of public infrastructure, including 216 miles of streets; 300+ miles of sidewalk; 30 green infrastructure installations; 520 miles of sewer main and laterals; 6,000 storm drain components; 8,000+ streetlights; 142 traffic signals and 20 beacons; 3,000+ parking meters; three off-street parking facilities; 54 public buildings (including EV charging stations); 700+ vehicles (including EVs and renewable diesel) and equipment; and waste, recycling, and composting for all of Berkeley’s residents and businesses. 

To promote transparency and ensure the public has a better sense of our work, this section of our website includes our mission, vision, values; top goals and projects; key performance measures; levels of service; partnerships; and key documents. 

Mission, Vision, Values

The department is undergoing a strategic planning process to begin in FY 2021/2022 that will result in new mission, vision, and values. 

The existing mission is to provide quality services to the Berkeley community with pride, courtesy, and excellence.  Developing and offering efficient, cost effective services in partnership with our citizens will help us achieve our vision to make Berkeley a leading city in the country by being an outstanding provider of Public Works Services. 

Top Goals and Projects

The department’s top goals and projects are here. Statuses are updated quarterly using a basic green (on track), orange (at risk), and red (off track or stopped). Projects or goals that are added since the FY began are highlighted in yellow.  The top goals and project list itself is renewed biannually to align with the budget process. The final FY21 update is here and the FY22 top goals and projects is here.

Level of Service

As a best practice, the department has adopted levels of service for our most commonly requested services. They are here

Performance and Work Measures

This department strives to ensure its delivery of services and projects improve the quality of life for residents and business in Berkeley. To track our progress, we track the following performance measures on an annual basis, reporting due in March. Where historical data is available, the measures below include that information. To see our performance measures, go here

Key Documents 

Our work is guided by the City’s development of plans and policies. To help promote transparency, please find those plans and policies here. This list is updated here as the City Council and department adopt new policies, plans, and procedures. 

Partners page 

We both support and are supported by our partners, who help maintain the high quality of life in our City of Berkeley. To see a partial list of partner organizations, go here.

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Department of Public Works, 2180 Milvia Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
Questions or comments? Email: publicworks@cityofberkeley.info Phone: (510) 981-6300
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