Department of Public Works

Engineering Services

Engineering Services

Engineering Services serves the community directly and indirectly: Indirectly  through the formation, implementation and management of the City’s Community Facilities Maintenance Districts and directly through plan review, issuing encroachment and monitoring well permits, property line location assistance, and providing sewer and water main line information. Engineering Services is also responsible for deeds, right-of-ways, property acquisition and disposition of surplus properties, and managing and tracking the 100+ Urban Growth Management funds.

GIS Mapping

GIS Mapping ImageThe GIS Mapping Section provides the parcels and street centerlines that serve as a foundation for mapping for all other departments within the City. GIS Mapping section coordinates with all city departments along with other agencies such as Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District, Fresno Irrigation District, City of Clovis, Fresno Council of Governments, Fresno County Local Agency Formation Commission and CalTrans. The GIS Division parcels differ from the Assessor Record Maps maintained by the Fresno County Assessor’s Office in the following ways:

  •  GIS Division parcels seek to describe physical reality and proposals. For instance, the maps may show each lot in a mobile home park, in which the entire park is one legal parcel. In cases like this, each lot has the entire park’s tax code.
  • GIS Division parcels show “seamless” parcels. That is, they have been stretched or “rubber sheeted” where necessary to ensure there are no gaps or slivers between subdivisions and sections. These anomalies occur when joining coordinate geometry (COGO) drawings used in parcel and subdivision legal descriptions. The intent is to accurately display parcel and street relationships with minimal sacrifice of dimensional accuracy. The resulting maps are good for planning, overlaying facilities (sewer, gas, water, etc), and seeing the relationships between parcels.

Council District Map 

Developer Doorway

VIEW Fresno 

Downloadable Layers 

Interactive Map 

Plan Check Status 

High Speed Rail Route 

Veterans Blvd Exhibit

Community Facilities Districts

Landscaping

The City of Fresno, Public Works Department established the “City of Fresno Special Tax Financing Law” per the California Mello-Roos Community Facilities Act of 1982 to allow for the establishment of a new or annexation into an existing Community Facilities Districts (CFD) to provide financing for the maintenance and operations of certain required public infrastructure within new developments.  The landowner(s) of new developments shall be responsible for providing for the maintenance of certain public infrastructure within new developments.

The landowner(s) may choose the formation of, or annexation into, a CFD for either partial or all of the financing for the maintenance and servicing of certain public improvements OR the landowner shall provide for the maintenance and servicing in a manner approved by the City of Fresno, Public Works Department, City Engineer.

The following is given, as guidance, for the CFD process:

Street Work Permit

Street Work Permits are used to allow construction work in the public right-of-way. They includes, but not limited to, work such as:

  • Sewer Lateral installation or repair
  • Drive Approach installation or repair
  • Landscaping with in the right-of-way
  • Street Improvements
  • Sidewalk installation or repair
  • Curb and Gutter work

These permits are issued to licensed contractors only. Typically, a plan showing the work proposed is required, as well as fees and surety to ensure the proper completion of the work.

In order to obtain a Street Work Permit, you will need:

  • Contractor’s License
  • Proof of General Liability Insurance
  • Proof of Automobile Liability Insurance
  • Proof of Workers Compensation Insurance
  • Signed Indemnification and Hold Harmless Agreement
  • $25,000 Street work and Excavation Bond

Example of requirements in pdf format 

For more information, call (559) 621-8800

Real Estate Services

Real Estate AgentThe Real Estate Division deals with property acquisition and disposition of surplus properties on behalf of the City. Examples of property acquisition include, but are not limited to, street widening projects, water well sites, parks, and fire station sites. This includes real estate cost estimates for future projects, and the preparation and presentation of reports to the City Council. The staff works closely with the City Attorney’s Office in document preparation and eminent domain (condemnation) activities.

Excess Lands: Upcoming Sales and Auctions
All auctions are open to the public and normally conducted either by an oral or sealed bid format or combination of both. In most cases a minimum bid amount is set before the auction. Credit terms are available under certain circumstances. By statute, all sales are subject to final approval of the Fresno City Council.

For Sale

None at this time.

Right of Way and Special Districts

Right of Way ImageThe Right of Way and Special Districts Section manages various aspects related to public right of way, as well as the formation of underground utility districts. They include, but are not limited to:

  • Preparation of right-of-way deed documents
  • Review of right-of-way documents prepared by others for technical correctness
  • Recordation of deed documents
  • Vacation of public services easement and public street right-of-ways
  • Processing Encroachment Permits and Covenants (Please note for a Street Work Permit click here)
  • Right of way and property determination for Capital Improvement projects
  • Answering Inquiries regarding existing right-of-ways
  • The Right of Way and Utility Districts Section is also charged with the management of the CPUC Rule 20A underground program.

Deed Review Submittal Checklist 
Vacation Feasibility Study Application
Encroachment Feasibility Application 
Developer Doorway
Online Plan Check Log 

For more information, call (559) 621-8800

UGM and Impact Fees

UMG imageThe UGM and Impact Fees Section is charged with the task of managing and tracking the 100+ Urban Growth Management funds for all transactions and providing reimbursements to eligible developers.  Upon the completion of a project, a developer receives a notice of completion from the Construction Management Division that lists the criteria for filing for potential eligible reimbursement.

UGM Boundary Map 
Regional and New Growth Street Fee Implementation Policies 
New Growth and Street Impact Fee Maps
2016 UGM Impact Fee Annual Report
2015 UGM Impact Fee Annual Report 
Developer Doorway

For any questions regarding available money within a specific fund or priority standing on a given reimbursement listing, please call (559) 621-8800

High Speed Rail

High Speed Rail ImageExhibit:
Map of High Speed Rail through Fresno 

Documents:
Fresno Design Guidelines for High Speed Rail
September 29, 2011 Presentation regarding High Speed Rail EIR Comments 
Request for Proposal for Design-Build Services Contract 1A
Request for Proposal for Design-Build Services Contract 1B
Request for Proposal for Design-Build Services Contract 1C
Request for Proposal for Design-Build Services Hybrid Alternative

Alignment Plans:
Section A1: Alignment Plans – UPRR/SR 99 Alternative with Ave 24 Wye 
Section A2: Alignment Plans – UPRR/SR 99 Alternative with Ave 24 Wye 
Section B1: Alignment Plans – UPRR/SR 99 Alternative with Ave 21 Wye 
Section B2: Alignment Plans – UPRR/SR 99 Alternative with Ave 21 Wye 
Section C1: Alignment Plans – BNSF Alternative with Ave 24 Wye 
Section C2: Alignment Plans – BNSF Alternative with Ave 24 Wye 
Section D1: Alignment Plans – BNSF Alternative with Ave 21 Wye 
Section D2: Alignment Plans – BNSF Alternative with Ave 21 Wye 
Section E1: Alignment Plans – Hybrid Alternative with Ave 24 Wye 
Section E2: Alignment Plans – Hybrid Alternative with Ave 24 Wye 
Section F1: Alignment Plans – Hybrid Alternative with Ave 21 Wye 
Section F2: Alignment Plans – Hybrid Alternative with Ave 21 Wye 
Section G1: Roadway and Grade Separation Plans – UPRR/SR 99 with Ave 24 Wye 
Section G2: Roadway and Grade Separation Plans – UPRR/SR 99 with Ave 24 Wye 
Section H1: Roadway and Grade Separation Plans – UPRR/SR 99 with Ave 21 Wye 
Section H2: Roadway and Grade Separation Plans – UPRR/SR 99 with Ave 21 Wye 
Section I1: Roadway and Grade Separation Plans – BNSF Alternative with Ave 24 Wye 
Section I2: Roadway and Grade Separation Plans – BNSF Alternative with Ave 24 Wye 
Section J1: Roadway and Grade Separation Plans – BNSF Alternative with Ave 21 Wye 
Section J2: Roadway and Grade Separation Plans – BNSF Alternative with Ave 21 Wye 
Section K1: Roadway and Grade Separation Plans – Hybrid Alternative with Ave 24 Wye 
Section K2: Roadway and Grade Separation Plans – Hybrid Alternative with Ave 24 Wye 
Section L1: Roadway and Grade Separation Plans – Hybrid Alternative with Ave 21 Wye 
Section L2: Roadway and Grade Separation Plans – Hybrid Alternative with Ave 21 Wye 
Section M: Station Plans 

Links:
California High-Speed Rail Authority