Public Works

September 2021

Please note that public counter hours for the Public Works Department are Mondays through Thursdays, from 8am to noon. n order to provide the public with continuity of service while protecting both you and our employees, the Department remains open for business.

Limited staffing will be available. For assistance in relation to Public Works services, please call (805) 772-6261 or visit the City's website for Department contact information. You can contact staff by phone, email, and regular mail, though please excuse any delays in response. In addition, more information on the City’s response to the COVID-19 virus can be found on our website at 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all work through this public health crisis.

Revised Encroachment Permit, Final Map and Other Public Works Application and Submittal Procedures

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the City of Morro Bay Engineering Division is implementing the following revised Encroachment Permit, Final Map and other Public Works Application and Submittal procedures to protect the health and safety of the public and City employees.

New Applications and Plan Submittals:

  • Encroachment Permits: Work done within the City's right-of-way requires an Encroachment Permit. Download and complete application, Encroachment Permit Application .For a list of encroachment permit requirements view the Working within the City right-of-way document. Submit all additional required documents. Coordinate applications, documents and Plans with the Pamela Newman, Engineering Division via email at or phone (805) 772-6215
    • Submittal will be processed, and applicant will be notified of permit fees due.
    • Permit fee paid via credit card by phone or mail, or open counter hours.
    • Once application is deemed complete, staff will notify the applicant the timeline for permit issuance. 
    • Approved plans/permit will be emailed as PDF with hard copy to be mailed (no change in process)
    • Permitee to return signed permit.
  • Special Encroachment Permits: Structures within the City's right-of-way requires a Special Encroachment Permit. To submit a request for this permit, please follow the Special Encroachment Permit Instructions.
  • Final & Parcel Map Checklist: Download and complete the checklist, Final & Parcel Map Checklist. Submit with required documents and plans. Requirements and preparation of Final & Parcel Map, can be found at the City of Morro Bay Municipal Code Title 16-Subdivisions:

General Engineering Inquiries

Counter questions for engineering standards or general questions will be responded to via phone or email (staff directory).

Blanket Encroachment Permit Application (Outdoor Dining/Sales)

The Blanket Encroachment Permit application is used to allow temporary uses of public outdoor dining or sales on public property to assist local businesses to meet social distancing requirements. 

About the Department
The Public Works Department is committed to enhancing the quality of life for City's residents and businesses by developing and maintaining the City's infrastructure in a safe and environmentally sensitive manner. 

We strive to provide efficient, effective, and friendly customer service to City residents and businesses by: maintaining safe and reliable water deliveries including waste water collection and treatment, and providing a safe and accessible street system and pavement management systems. 

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