The City of Novato Public Works Department is committed to providing top quality programs, projects and services through the design, construction, maintenance and operation of public use facilities. We are dedicated to ensuring that residents, businesses and visitors experience a safe, healthy and unified community.
The Public Works Department is comprised of three divisions:
Responsible for property management, department budget and administrative support.
Manages issues related to traffic movement, the design of public facilities, and project construction management within the public right-of-way.
Responsible for all of the City's infrastructure.
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External Agency Projects/Resources
Flood risk, watersheds and resources: Marin Watershed Program
State Route 37 long-term planning: Transportation Authority of Marin
Sea Level Rise and Marin's bayside: BayWAVE - County of Marin
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Public Works Director
Phone: (415) 899-8246
Location & Hours
City Administrative Offices
922 Machin Avenue
Novato, CA 94945
Engineering One-Stop Shop
Permits & Engineering Assistance 9am - 11 am
Monday - Thursday
After-hours Public Works emergencies
(flooding, downed trees, etc...)
Phone: (415) 897-4361 City Staff Directory >>
How are streets selected for paving?
All of Novato public streets are currently evaluated annually for paving projects. The selection of streets scheduled for paving in upcoming years is based on their Pavement Condition Index (PCI), field inspections, proximity to on-going and upcoming projects or utility work (to avoid potential conflicts) and paving history. Once the preliminary selection is complete, the list of candidate streets is posted on the City’s website and presented to City Council at a public hearing to be considered for Prohibition of Excavation.
Who is responsible for repairing sidewalks?
Property owners are responsible for repairing the sidewalks that are located on their property. If a sidewalk is in need of repair, you can contact the City who will notify the property owner that repairs need to be made. We will inform property owners that repairs need to be made within 60 days. To report a sidewalk that needs repair please send an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org and make sure to include the sidewalk location and description of the issue or repair that needs to be made.
Who can I talk to about my water service?
The City of Novato does not provide water service. The North Marin Water District is responsible for these services. You can contact them by using the information below:
Main Number: 415-897-4133
Emergencies & After Hours: 415-897-4133
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