The Engineering Division provides a variety of technical services,  support and planning, which includes: Project Design, Inspection,  Contract Preparation, Traffic Analysis, Special Districts,, Encroachment Permits, and Reviews/Inspections.

To assist in construction of roads, driveways, etc. download our Nevada County Standard Road Drawings or our Nevada County Road Standards.

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Contractors  needing to construct a driveway  or work within the County's public  right-of-way must apply to the  Department of Public Works for an  Encroachment Permit.  You can  download an Encroachment Permit Application and General Provisions and submit to the Department by mail or in person.


Companies needing to haul oversized loads through Nevada County must obtain a  Transportation Permit. One trip permits can be completed, faxed to 265-9849 and a $15.00 check mailed to Public Works. Annual permits need to be  mailed with a check for $65.00.

Land Use Appeals

Nevada County Adopt-A Road Program

Interested in cleaning up trash along one of Nevada County's maintained roads?  The process is simple. Call 265-1411 and state you are interested in adopting a  section of road. If the road is available, the individual or group submits an  application and pays a deposit of $100 for the purchase and placement of their  recognition signs. The applicant's commitment is to pick up litter on their adopted road at least four times per year.  So give us a call  and see how you can become involved in this fun, educational and worthwhile program.

Future Projects

Future Projects

Find out our plan for future County road and bridges projects to be constructed in the next five years by checking out the most recent Nevada County Capital Improvement Program

Historic Nevada County

Road Maintenance Options

Unincorporated Nevada County includes approximately 2,800 miles of both public and private roads. The Department of Public Works maintained approximately 560 miles of public roads and an additional 50 miles established under various road maintenance districts including Permanent Road Divisions and County Service Areas. For more information on the maintenance of public and private roads please visit our Road Maintenance Options Webpage.