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Public Works

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The Public Works Department provides and maintains the City of El Monte's physical and environmental infrastructure systems and provides plan review and inspection for private building projects. We are dedicated to providing safe, functional and sustainable infrastructure systems that improve the quality of life for the residents, businesses and visitors of the City of El Monte in a responsive and cost effective manner and in accordance with local, state and federal regulations. Our services cover streets, streetlights and traffic signals, the urban forest, sidewalks and pathways, parks, sewers and storm drains, the drinking water system, public buildings, solid waste collection, the City's public transportation services, and capital project delivery.



The Public Works Department is comprised of five principal operating divisions: Building, Engineering, Public Works Maintenance, Transportation Services, and Environmental Services.



The Building Division is responsible for administering and enforcing building codes to ensure that all public and private structures built in El Monte are safe and built to the required minimum standards that will protect life and property. This includes residential and commercial properties. The Building Division enforces the California Building Codes and the construction codes of the El Monte Municipal Code to safeguard the public’s health, safety and general welfare by performing building plan checks, inspections, and maintaining building records.



The Environmental Services Division manages solid waste collection, hazardous waste collection, and recycling services provided to the residents and businesses of the City of El Monte. This includes contract management for the private service providers contracted by the city to provide these services, management of a variety of waste and recycling grant programs, and providing special outreach and educational programs relating to solid waste and recycling.


The Engineering Division manages the design and construction of all capital improvement projects for the City’s public infrastructure systems and public buildings/facilities; prepares technical studies/reports; regulates construction activities within the public right-of-way by private entities and utility companies; and maintains infrastructure records. The Engineering Division also works closely with the Community Development Department and Building Division to perform plan review and inspection services of tract/parcel maps for subdivisions and grading and drainage improvements on private property; provides technical support to the Public Works Maintenance Division; and works with neighboring cities and regional agencies whose policies and projects affect the City of El Monte.


The Public Works Maintenance Division operates and maintains the City’s public infrastructure systems and facilities including streets and medians, streetlights and traffic signals, the urban forest, sidewalks and pathways, parks, sewers and storm drains, the drinking water system, public buildings, bus stops and shelters, and maintains the hazardous waste collection storage facility. Public Works maintenance crews also help set up and clean up for city-sponsored special and holiday events throughout the year such as the Summer Concerts in the Park, Holiday House, Children’s Day Parade, press conferences, etc.


The Transportation Services Division manages and operates a variety of public transportation programs serving El Monte’s residents and visitors. This includes five El Monte Transit routes, transportation for youth and senior services and events, a Dial-a-Ride program for senior and disabled residents, and a Commuter Shuttle services linking some of the regional transportation services provided by MTA and Metrolink within the city. The division also provides subsidized bus passes for El Monte residents and coordinates services with regional transit providers, and maintains the city’s transportation vehicle fleet.

General Information

City Hall West - 2nd Floor
11333 Valley Boulevard
El Monte, CA 91731-3293
(626) 580-2250
(626) 580-2253
Hours:  8:00 a.m. -  5:30 p.m.
  Monday through Thursday

Closed on Weekends and Major Holidays


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