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The Department of Public Works consists of four bureaus, supporting the core mission and functions of the City of Long Beach in providing outstanding service to residents, businesses, and community partners.


The Business Operations Bureau provides central administrative support, coordination, and direction for the entire department. This support includes: the management of Public Works’ diverse financial resources, comprised of the annual operating budget, a multi-year Capital Improvement Program, and federal, state, and local grants; centralized personnel and payroll support to the department as well as Long Beach Airport; and providing a safe and hazard-free workplace for employees by demonstrated leadership in the effective delivery and continuous improvement of safety. 


The Engineering Bureau provides a diverse array of services, including: the design, construction management, and operation of nearly 1,000 miles of City-owned streets, alleys; transportation planning and engineering; operation and management of storm water and storm drains; and the City’s nationally recognized bicycle and mobility plan.

The Bureau also provides design and construction services for various capital improvement projects throughout the City, including Long Beach Airport and the City’s parks. Engineering also maintains the record drawings for these improvements. In addition, the Bureau regulates and issues permits for any construction work or other usage of the public right-of-way. 


The award-winning Environmental Services Bureau preserves the upkeep of the cityscape with street sweeping operations that span from the City’s major corridors to its residential streets, and a robust refuse and recycling collection service that serves more than nearly 120,000 residential and commercial customers. Actively partnering with the community, ESB has sponsored, hosted, and led community education about reducing waste, collecting household hazardous waste (such as pharmaceuticals), and connecting businesses and non-profits with its Long Beach Exchange Program, which provides for re-use of items such as office equipment.

The Bureau also enforces vehicular state and local violations and assists in vehicle impounds related to stolen vehicles, scofflaws, and other incidents.  


The Public Service Bureau serves a critical role in the care of the public rights-of-way, including the trimming of trees in residential and commercial districts, and the repair of potholes in City streets and alleys. . Additionally, the Bureau keeps the City's 550 traffic signals operating 24 hours a day, maintains nearly 3600 parking meters on streets and in surface lots, and upkeeps the City’s street signs, street striping and legends, and red/green/white and blue curbs.

The Bureau also provides crucial support to the City during emergency operations, including rapid response to unplanned incidents such as storms, accidents, power outages, and planned special events, such as the annual Long Beach Grand Prix.