Public Works Department

Please see below for Public Works services and assistance available during this COVID-19 public health emergency.  We encourage the public to conduct all possible business via email and phone.  We will do our best to respond to you in a timely manner, but response times may be delayed.   Updated information on all City services is available at www.el-cerrito.org/covid19.

Recycling and Solid Waste Services During the Closure

Curbside recycling and solid waste services are continuing and the Recycling Center Drop-Off Area is now open to the public with limited servicesFor any Recycling related questions, please email greenassistant@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us or contact the Recycling + Environmental Resource Center at (510) 215-4350.  Visit our website for updates: Recycling + Environmental Resource Center.

Maintenance Services During the Closure


For any maintenance request or concern related to street trees, streets, storm drains, streetlights, and parks, etc., please contact Maintenance at (510) 215-4369 or email maintenance@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us.  For more information visit:  Maintenance Services webpage.

In case of an urgent Maintenance issue, such as flooding, after regular business hours or during a weekend or holiday, please call El Cerrito Police Dispatch (Non-Emergency) at (510) 233-1214.

Engineering Services During the Closure


For any Encroachment Permit related questions, please call the Engineering Division at (510) 215-4382 or email street@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us. Due to the extended Contra Costa County Health Officer Order dated March 31, 2020, Encroachment Permits issued will be limited to the operations, maintenance, and repair of Essential Infrastructure including utilities (water, sewer, gas, and electrical), roads and highways, public transportation, solid waste facilities, and telecommunications systems.  Permits will also be issued for other public works projects if specifically designated as an Essential Governmental Function by the lead governmental agency applying for the permit.

  • Please email street@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us or call 510-215-4382 to schedule an inspection.  Please call at least 48 hours in advance of scheduling an inspection.  Due to the closure, our responses may be delayed.

For any Capital Improvements Projects, please contact our Ana Bernardes, Engineering Manager/Senior Engineer at abernardes@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us or call the Engineering Division at 510-215-4382.  Please see here for more information on our current projects: Capital Improvement Projects.

For any Traffic Requests, such as red curb marking or blue curb applications, please email street@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us.

We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we try and navigate through this difficult time.