Public Works

                                                 BUILDING CLOSURE NOTICE:
                               UPDATE: Public Works will be open to the Public,
                                 BY APPOINTMENT ONLY,  Beginning June 29th  

The Nevada County Public Works Department is now open to the Public by APPOINTMENT ONLY.   Beginning Monday, June 29th, the Public Works Department will be open to the Public BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.  Six (6) one-hour appointment windows are available each Tuesday and Thursday for General Public Works Needs between the hours of 9:00 to 11:00 am and 1:00 to 3:00 pm and on Tuesdays for the County Surveyor between the hours of 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. 
Please use the link to our online appointment system using the ticket symbol below this announcement. 
The Public Works Department will by continuing to provide services through email, phone and online services. Visit our Public Works Website for information on the services provided. For additional information on how Public Works is handling operations during COVID-19, check out the Message from our Director.
If you have additional questions and/or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at (530) 265-1411 or by email at 
While Staff may be working remotely, they continue to monitor voicemail and email during regular business hours of Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  You may also submit a request via our "Ask Nevada County"  app. Thank you. 
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Beginning Monday, June 29th, the Public Works Department will be open to the Public BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. 
Six (6) one-hour appointment windows are available each Tuesday and Thursday for General Public Works Needs between the hours of 9:00 to 11:00 am and 1:00 to 3:00 pm and on Tuesdays for the County Surveyor between the hours of 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. 
Click on the ticket to the left to access the online appointment system.  
When arriving for your appointment you will need to check-in using the online appointment system.  Please wait in the main lobby of the Eric Rood Center for a Representative to escort you into the CDA Lobby.  All visitors are required to adhere to social distancing guidelines and wear a mask in accordance with the statewide mandatory CDPH guidelines issued 6/18/20 :

If you have any further questions you may contact a Public Works representative who can help determine if an appointment is required or if your needs can be handled over the phone or through an available e-service.  (530) 265-1411 or by email at 

About Public Works

Welcome to the Nevada County Department of Public Works.  The Department of Public Works encompasses eight separate divisions. 
  • Administration - Permitting, Customer Service, Public Counter & Phones, Social Media posting, Division Administrative support, 
  • County Surveyor - Land Use/Survey, Corner Records, Records of Survey
  • Engineering - Road Design, Bridges, Construction, Traffic, Land Use, County Surveyor Functions.
  • Fleet - County Vehicle and Equipment maintenance
  • Road Maintenance - Maintains 562 miles of public roadways along with numerous bridges and drainage facilities throughout the county, including signs, vegetation management and storm response. 
  • Solid Waste - Household Waste Pickup, Recycling, McCourtney Road Transfer Station
  • Transit Services - Gold Country Stage Transit Services. 
  • Wastewater - Wastewater Treatment and Collection Facilities, New Sewer Connections. 


The Administrative Staff is available to provide front-line customer services via phone, fax, email or public counter.  Staff monitors the Public Works email address, Facebook page, NextDoor app and the "AskNevadaCounty" online work order request App. 
They are available to answer questions, assist with permits and direct questions and inquiries to the appropriate person or department. 

Hours of Operation: 

Due to COVID-19 Shelter-In-Place directives, the Public Works Department is currently not open to the public.  Phones and email are manned between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm and are checked twice each hour. 
The Public Works Department and Front Counter are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. with the exception of holidays and weather related closures.  
We are located at the Eric Rood Government Center at
950 Maidu Ave, Suite 170,    Nevada City, CA 95959

We can be reached via the following:
Main Phone : (530) 265-1411
Fax:  (530) 265-9845

Front Counter Services

Due to COVID -19 Shelter-In-Place directives, the Public Works Department is currently not open to the public until Monday, June 29th.  We will begin taking on.  Items for submission can be dropped off in the main lobby of the Eric Rood Center outside the CDA Lobby in the basket labeled Public Works. 
Items listed below that have been lined out are only available on line or by phone.  Our Adopt-A-Road program has currently been suspended until further notice. 
  • Submittal of permit applications for Encroachments, Transportation and Sewer
  • Drop-offs for County Surveyor

  • Vegetation No-Spray application submittal
  • Pick-up and Drop-off of Adopt-A Road Supplies  Program currently suspended
  • Over-the Counter Service Requests  - Currently unavailable 
  • Inquires, General Information and Questions  Available by phone or email (530) 265-1411 or

Forms of Payment

  • Currently, only Encroachment Permit payments are available for online processing.
  • Payments for Sewer Applications, Transportation Permits, Corner Records, Records of Survey and other Surveyor related services are only available via check by mail due to COVID-19 limitations. 

Doing Business with Public Work

Public Works Projects
Contracts for the construction, improvement and repair of county maintained roads and bridges are awarded through a competitive bidding process. 
Informal bidding procedures are typically used for public works projects costing between $6,500 and $10,000.  Informal bid announcements are sent by email to contractors known by the County to be skilled in the trade(s) required.  Informal bids are generally advertised once in The Union newspaper and have a short turnaround time for receipt of bids. 
Formal sealed bids are solicited when the cost of work on a county maintained roadway exceeds $10,000.  Bidders are advised to read the bid documents carefully and to follow all instructions and provide all information requested

Request for Proposals
RFPs are used for most large purchases (typically over $25,000) when price will not be the determining factor in the selection of a contractor.  The RFP will provide background on the County's need and describe in general terms the work that needs to be performed.  Proposals from interested providers must describe how the provider would go about fulfilling the need, and at what cost. Proposals are evaluated an a contract is negotiated with the provider whose proposal most closely meets the County's needs. 

Invitations to Bid
ITB's are used when the County has a well-defined set of specifications and is prepared to award the contract to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder.  To be considered responsive, a bidder must follow all directions as specified in the ITB.  To be considered responsible, the bidder must have the capability in all respects to perform fully the contract requirements.  

For additional information on doing business with the County, including insurance requirements for contractors, payment of bills and more go to the Purchasing Department website. 

Online Citizen Access Portal

Online Citizen Access Portal

Apply for encroachment permits, check the status of your application and pay fees. Registration is required for most features. ACA User manual can be viewed here. ​
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