Public Works

A Message from the Director of Public Works.

Public Works is committed on continuing to work with the Public during the COVID-19 outbreak to avoid business disruption as much as possible by encouraging our customers to use e-Services for many of Public Works available services. 

For those services that are not available through e-Services, please communicate via our Public Works email at

While we are encouraging staff to work remotely whenever possible, we will continue to monitor emails, pick-up voice messages and process permit requests digitally. While responses to questions may not be immediate, please be assured that you will receive communication back as quickly as possible.

• If you have a life-threatening emergency, please call 911 immediately.

• Downed power lines should be reported to 911 and then PG&E at 1-800-743-5000.

• For trees in power lines contact PG&E at: or at 1-800-743-5000.

• If you have a non-emergency road issue, please submit a work order via our online e-service application “AskNevadaCounty” at : If you do not have internet access you may call 530-265-1411 during regular business hours and leave a message that will be picked up periodically. After hours non-emergencies can be reported to the Sheriffs Non-Emergency line at 530-265-7880.

Road Maintenance and Sanitation District crews are fully staffed and working during this time. Snow Plow Operators are working 24-hour shifts during storms. For information regarding what to expect in regards to county snowplow services visit our website article on “Living in Snow Country and our Nevada County Government Code at

During these difficult times we do appreciate your patience as we strive to provide service to our customers.

Trisha Tillotson

Director, Department of Public Works

About Public Works

Welcome to the Nevada County Department of Public Works.  Public Works consists of 6 seperate divisions overseen by the Director of Public Works and 2 administrative staff:
  • 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. 
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