What is the typical review time frame in Development for new
Applications for new projects are reviewed within a two-week time
What is the typical review time frame for Subdivision Maps?
Depending on the complexity of the map, the review period may vary
from one week to four weeks.
What are the hours of operations?
8 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 5 pm.
The County Surveyor’s office is closed to the public on Tuesdays and
Is there a plan to make services accessible through the Internet?
Plans are underway to make many records available through the
Is my property in a flood plain?
Contact the Water Resources Agency at (831) 755-4860
Who do I call for a house number?
Street address requests should be made at (831)
755-4881. Please have
your assessors parcel number and road name available.
The form can be accessed on our Web site.
Where do I get information on ownership of property?
Contact the Assessor’s office at (831) 755-5035.
What types of GIS data are available? How much does it cost? How
do I obtain information regarding GIS?
Currently, GIS data is available through the County GIS Coordinator, (831)
How much is the traffic mitigation fee for my project? Where can I
mitigation fees vary depending on the area of the County and are
adjusted annually. Please call (831) 755-4729
to see if your lot is subject to a traffic fee. Traffic mitigation fees
can be paid at the Building Department during the building permit
How does a project get added to the Capital Improvement Program (CIP)?
1. A need (based on a safety, operational, capacity or maintained
deficiency) has to be identified.
2. Given that our needs always exceed our funding capabilities, the
needs are prioritized.
3. The scope of work and need is refined and becomes a project.
4. Funding is pursued for the project.
5. Project funding is secured.
6. Project is added to the CIP.
What grants are available to fund road projects?
There are a variety of grant funds
available for road projects. The funds often have stipulations that dictate
the type of road project for which they can be expended, i.e. bridges,
regional routes, safety improvements. A large percentage of the grants are
given by TAMC.
What is TAMC?
Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) is the regional transportation agency
for Monterey County.
What is the Regional Transportation Plan?
The Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) is
long-range transportation-planning document generated periodically by TAMC.
The RTP identifies existing and future transportation related needs,
considers all modes of travel, analyses alternative solutions, and
identifies what can be completed with anticipated available funding for
projects and programs.
What is the State Transportation Improvement Program?
Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) is a multi-year capital
improvement program of transportation projects on and off the State
Highway System, funded with revenues from the State Highway Account and
other funding sources.
What is G-12?
The G-12 Route is
the route between Highway 101 and the Community of Pajaro that runs along
San Miguel Canyon Road, Hall Road, Elkhorn Road, and Salinas Road.
Are there plans for developer fees in Prunedale? Pajaro? Castroville?
The developer fees
relating to traffic impact mitigations vary and depend on the cost to
mitigate the impacted transportation facilities. On average the traffic
impact fees for a single family dwelling can range for $5,000 to $10,000.
Where can I obtain a Plan Holders’ List for a current
construction project out to bid?
Call the Design Engineering office at (831)
796-3093/755-4800 who will forward you to the appropriate staff. You
may also go to our website at
How can I
obtain plans and specifications for a project?
Either mail your request with your check for the cost of the
plans and specifications or stop by the Design Engineering office between 8 a.m.
and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (closed between 12 p.m. and 1
p.m.). The Contract Documents will be made available electronically
and can be downloaded for free at the following Monterey County website:
Plan holders must register before they can view or download
the documents. A copy of the electronic files on compact-disc (CD)
is also available at Monterey County, Department of Public Works, 168 West
Alisal Street, 2nd Floor, Salinas, California 93901, for a nonrefundable
fee of $5.00. The electronic files can be used to print the project
plans (full or half size), project specifications, and other such
documents at various printing companies.
How would I
find out about projects coming up for bid?
Projects are advertised in The Californian and in the
local newspaper where the project will be taking place (e.g., Carmel
project would be advertised in the Carmel Pinecone). Plans and
specifications for new projects out to bid are also forwarded to local
You may also go to our Website:
Are the plans
and specifications for a project out to bid on the Internet?
The Construction Bids are
administered by the Department of Public Works
For Current Bids, Visit our eBids web page for project bids.
For Projects which have closed within the past 45 days,
Visit our eBids web page for closed projects.
any additional information regarding construction bids and/or to obtain
plans and specifications, please contact the Design/Construction Office at
What is the
price of the plans and specs for a project out to bid?
The price may vary depending upon the project. The price is
located in the “Notice to Contractors” in Book One, Special
Provisions, and can also be obtained by calling the Design Engineering
office at (831) 796-3093. You may also go to our website:
Do you take
credit cards? To whom should I write the check?
The Department of Public Works is not equipped to handle credit
cards. Cash or checks are accepted. The check should be made out to
“Monterey County" and the bottom of the check should indicate the name
of the project.
Can I forward
my bid to you?
No. Sealed bids will be received at the Office of the
Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, County of Monterey, 168 West Alisal
Street, 1st Floor, Salinas, California 93901, until the date and time of the
bid opening of a specific project.
Whom would I
talk to regarding an on-going construction project?
The Construction Office or the Receptionist would refer the
caller to the Resident Engineer, take a message, or forward the call to
the Design and Construction Engineer.
What is the status of my pay estimate check? (Frequently
asked by the Contractor to Construction office, not the general public at
Refer caller to the Resident Engineer or to the
Construction Office at (831) 755-4925.
Who can answer
a technical question about a project currently out to bid?
Call the Design Engineering Office at (831) 796-3093, or
the Department at (831) 647-7748 Monterey or (831) 755-4800 Salinas, so your telephone call may be
forwarded to the Design Engineer in charge of the project or the
How do I get a copy of the County Standard Specifications?
Contact the Development Section (831) 755-4923 or (831) 755-4922.
do you have coming up for bid in the next six months?
The Project Schedule can be reviewed for upcoming
projects. A request for more detailed information would be forwarded to
the Engineer in charge of the project (shown on the Project Schedule)
or to the Design and Construction Engineer.
Who’s the Resident Engineer on a particular construction
project? How can I reach him/her?
Call the Construction office (831) 755-4925 where
the caller would be forwarded to the Resident Engineer or a phone message
would be taken. The caller may be forwarded to the Design and
Construction Engineer if the call is “urgent” and/or the Resident Engineer
is unavailable at (831) 755-4800.
What’s your fax
number? What are your hours?
Design Engineering fax number is (831) 755-4958. The
Construction Engineering fax number is (831) 759-7289. The main fax number
for Public Works is (831) 755-4958.
The hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The
office is closed between 12 and 1 p.m.
How can I find out if there is an
inactive landfill near my home?
The Monterey County Department of Public Works has the
responsibility to monitor and manage 13 closed landfills in the
unincorporated area of the County. Inactive landfill locations can be
obtained by contacting (831) 647-7748 Monterey or (831) 755-4800 Salinas and
requesting a referral to the Environmental Services Section for
How can I get a street light installed?
Street lights on Monterey County roads are owned and
operated by PG&E. Operation and maintenance is funded in three ways.
Certain streetlights are installed at the request and direction of the
Public Works Department, are related to traffic safety, and are funded
from road maintenance funds. Some areas of the County through the
formation of a County Service Area (CSA) have installed area security
lighting and fees are collected from the participating properties to
fund operation and maintenance. Some individual property owners have
requested the installation of a streetlight for personal benefit and
they are responsible to fund the installation, operation, and
maintenance through PG&E. Streetlights installed at the request of the
property owner must be reviewed and approved by the Public Works
Department through the Encroachment Permit process. More information
regarding street lighting can be obtained by contacting (831) 647-7748
Monterey or (831) 755-4800 Salinas and requesting a referral to the Traffic
Section for response.
How can I get a street light repaired?
Refer to the Maintenance FAQ
for this same question.
What is the sewer charge or County Service Area charge on my tax
Certain urban services are provided to County
residents through the creation of County Service Area or County
Sanitation District. These services are funded through fees collected on
the Tax rolls. More information can be obtained by contacting (831)
Monterey or (831) 755-4800 Salinas and requesting a referral to the
Environmental Services Section.
How do I connect to a public sewer system and what will it cost?
Some areas of the County are serviced through public
sewers. More information on the areas serviced, the process for
connection, and the cost can be obtained by contacting (831) 647-7748
Monterey or (831) 755-4800 Salinas and requesting a referral to the
Environmental Services Section.
ROAD AND BRIDGE MAINTENANCE RELATED QUESTIONS:
How do I request other routine maintenance activities?
The Monterey County Department of Public Works has
responsibility to perform road maintenance, repair, pavement patching,
litter removal, dead animal removal, maintenance of traffic control
devices and other routine activities on local “public roads” in the
unincorporated area of Monterey County. During normal working hours,
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, the routine activity
should be reported by calling (831) 647-7748 Monterey or (831) 755-4800 Salinas.
Similar routine activities on State Highways are under the jurisdiction
of Caltrans; and on city streets these activities are the responsibility
of the locality. Private roads are generally the responsibility of a
homeowners association or legal owner of record of the road.
Do I need a permit to trim or remove trees?
If you wish to have a tree on the County road
right-of-way trimmed or removed, you should contact the Road District
Superintendent for the area where the work is to occur. Contact with the
District Road Superintendent can be initiated by calling (831) 647-7748
Monterey or (831) 755-4800 Salinas. The Monterey County Planning and Building
Department should be contacted to trim or remove a tree or trees on
private property. Contact http:www.co.Monterey.ca.us/pbi/questionnaire/tree.htm.
For trees on highways, please contact Caltrans.
How do I report a dangerous or hazardous condition occurring on
the County road or resulting from a situation on a County road?
Some examples might be flooding on the road or private
property, a tree down across the road or blocking a portion of the road
or driveway, malfunctioning traffic signal, power lines down across the
road, debris on the roadway, a hazardous material spill, a major slide
or slip-out, a road washout, sewer spill, structural failure, major pot
holes, or other events critical to the road and its safe operating
During normal working hours, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through
Friday, dangerous conditions on the County’s road system or resulting
from the road system should be reported to the Department of Public Works, Maintenance and Operations Division at (831) 647-7748 Monterey
or (831) 755-4800 Salinas. During non-working hours and on weekends, dangerous
or hazardous conditions on the County’s road system or resulting from
the County road system should be reported to a 911 operator. A detailed
description of the dangerous condition, its location, size, and other
pertinent information will improve the Department of Public Works’ ability
to respond expeditiously. The 911 operator will notify the appropriate
District Road Superintendent of the situation.
How do I adopt an activity on a County road? Some examples might
be litter removal, graffiti removal, landscape maintenance, shoulder
maintenance, and other routine activities.
The Department of Public Work's Adopt-A-Roadway
Coordinator can be contacted during normal working hours at (831)
755-4925 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
What is an encroachment permit?
A permit to work within County right-of-way.
What are the fees for a road permit?
The fee depends on the type of work being done.
For questions regarding Encroachment Permits?
Please call (831) 755-4800 x4930.
How do I get a permit to film or photograph in the road
right-of-way or on County property?
You have to apply for a film permit and provide a
Certificate of Insurance with endorsement to the County. You must also
apply with Sheriff's Department for any traffic control or safety
services required by your project.
Do I need a permit to cut a tree?
Yes, if the tree is within County right-of-way and is
not a protected tree by County ordinance.
How do I get an annual permit for transporting extra legal loads
over County roads?
Apply at the beginning of the calendar year to the
transportation permit agent at (831) 755-4932.
What is the expected turnaround time for processing an
Depending on location, it can take one to three days
(the inspector has to do a pre-inspection of site before approving or
disapproving an application).
Do I need a permit for a bike race?
Yes, if you are closing a road or interrupting traffic
Who do I talk to regarding installation of a driveway, sidewalk,
curb and gutter?
Contact the Encroachment Section at (831) 755-4800
(link to encroachment permit form).
Who do I talk to regarding utility trenching within County
Contact the Encroachment Section at (831) 755-4800 x4930.
Who do I talk to regarding a transportation permit for extra legal
Apply to the transportation permit agent at (831)
What is required for a trenching permit to install a sewer, water
or storm drain service line?
You need to furnish an executed agreement with utility
companies providing the service and apply for an encroachment permit.
TRAFFIC RELATED QUESTIONS:
How is the speed limit determined?
California bases speed regulations on the basic
No person shall drive a vehicle upon a
highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due
regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and
width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed, which endangers the
safety of persons or property. (Section 22350 of California Vehicle
Prima Facie Speed Limits-Prima Facie means “on the
face of it” and they are considered reasonable and prudent under normal
conditions. Certain blanket prima facie limits are established by law,
including 15 mph limit in alleys, blind intersections, and at blind
railroad crossings and 25 mph limit in business and residence districts.
These limits exist whether posted with signs or not. There is also a
part-time 25 mph limit in school zones “when children are present,” when
posted with “SCHOOL” warning sign. The speed is 25 when passing a senior
center when posted with a “SENIOR” warning sign and 25 adjacent to any
children’s playground in a public park during the time children are
expected to use the facilities if properly posted.
The California Vehicle Code permits
raising or lowering certain prima facie speed limits on the basis of an
Engineering and Traffic Survey. An Engineering and Traffic Survey is
defined as follows:
A survey of highway and traffic conditions in accordance with methods
determined by the Department of Transportation for use by State and
An engineering and traffic survey shall include, among other
requirements deemed necessary by the Department, all of
1. Prevailing speeds (85th
percentile) as determined by the traffic engineering measurements.
2. Accident records.
3. Highway, traffic, and roadside conditions not readily apparent to
How do I request a speed limit change or stop
The County normally installs stop signs only at
locations that meet warrants described in the California Department of
Transportation (Caltrans) Traffic Manual.
For a multi-way stop installation, high volumes of approximately equal amounts of traffic on each roadway is normally required.
Speed limits must be set according to State law. To
initiate either a stop sign installation study or speed limit posting
study, please write a letter stating your concerns, the location and reasons
for your request. Mail to Monterey County, Department of Public Works, Attention: Traffic Section. You may also call Monterey County,
Department of Public Works,
Traffic Section at (831) 755-4800 and describe your concerns.
Whom should I report traffic
signal, signs or street light problems to?
Most street light problems should be directed to
PG&E. They own and maintain most unincorporated county streetlights and
safety lights. The phone number is the same as found in the Pacific Bell
phone book, which is (800) 743-5000. They also have a web site. Fill out
all appropriate information and send. They will respond with
confirmation, tracking to Maintenance department and when the problem is
resolved. You may also contact them through their web site. Their web
site address is: http://www.pge.com/010_contact/streetlights_index.shtml.
Here is a Traffic
Directory listing common issues and whom to contact regarding the
Traffic Signal Timing/Malfunction
Other Traffic Safety Issues including Signing and Striping
Traffic Signing & Striping Maintenance
|Street Lighting if a PG&E pole
go to the PG&E
|County Service Area Maintenance
and Street Lighting
General Road Maintenance and Litter Removal
Assistant Traffic Engineer
What are the restrictions of
parking or driving commercial vehicles in residential areas?
Unless prohibited by ordinance and proper sign
posting, there is no restriction. Local authorities may do the following
if deemed in the public's best interest:
CVC SECTION 22507
Prohibit or restrict the stopping, parking, or standing of
vehicles on certain streets or highways during all or certain hours of
CVC SECTION 22507.5
Prohibit or restrict the parking or standing, on any street, or
portion thereof, in a residential district*, of commercial vehicles
having a gross weight of 10,000 pounds or more.
* For purposes of this section, the term “residential district” is
defined in accordance with the zoning ordinance.
CVC SECTION 35701
Prohibit the use of a street in a “residence district” by any
commercial vehicle, or by any vehicle exceeding a maximum gross weight
CVC SECTION 35712
Prohibit the use of any highway located in an unincorporated
residential or subdivision area by any commercial vehicle exceeding a
gross weight of 14,000 pounds**.
** As per CVC Section 35713, any ordinance restricting commercial
vehicles pursuant to CVC Section 35712 must designate an alternate