About Us

Mission Statement


The mission of the Public Works Department is to operate, maintain and improve the City of San Mateo’s infrastructure.

What We Do For You


The Public Works Department has primary responsibility for the maintenance, repair, cleaning, and new installation of the:
  • 210 miles of City streets
  • 380 miles of sidewalks
  • 87 traffic signal intersections
  • Over 7,000 street lights
  • 11 publicly-owned parking lots and garages
  • 260 miles of sewers
  • 130 miles of storm drains
  • 20 miles of open creeks and drainage canals
  • 27 sanitary sewer pump stations
  • 10 storm drainage system pump stations
  • 3 dams
  • 1 flood-control lagoon
  • 3 miles of bay front levees (there are levees along most of our creeks and channels too!)
  • 1 wastewater-treatment plant that serves San Mateo, Foster City, Hillsborough and portions of unincorporated San Mateo County
The Public Works Department also reviews plans and inspects the construction of public improvements to serve new private residential, commercial, and industrial developments and administers contracts for the collection, disposal, and recycling of solid waste. We provide the following services:
  • Clearing clogged storm drains or drainage channels
  • Repair of roads, potholes, public alleys, and bike paths
  • Sewer backups
  • Traffic signal maintenance
  • Street light maintenance
  • Street sweeping

Public Works Commission


Learn more about the important role of our Public Works Commission, as well as meeting times and agenda items.