About Us


The Public Works Agency (originally called the Public Works Department) was created over fifty years ago at a time when the County was beginning to transition from primarily an agricultural and ranching dominated region to a more urbanized environment with increased emphasis on industry diversity and population growth. As the rural lands were transformed into urbanized areas to accommodate the influx of people, the department also grew in response to the increasing infrastructure needs for flood protection, roads, and water and sanitation facilities.

Today, we continue to proudly provide those services, as well as other important and mandated functions that have been enacted over the years in response to community values and priorities, such as environmental and resource protection activities in stormwater quality, groundwater replenishment and solid waste diversion.

Central Services Department

is responsible for centralized fiscal, personnel, health and safety, technology/facility and administrative services support to the Agency's other departments. It also provides real estate services such as real property acquisition/disposition, appraisal, utility relocation, leasing, utility franchise administration and County Service Area 3, 4 & 14 extended service administration through the Real Estate Services Division.

Engineering Services Department

is responsible for providing capital project engineering, contracting and land surveying services to County departments; land development and inspection services in the unincorporated areas; and Map Act compliance for the entire County through the County Surveyor's Office. The department also provides engineering and contracting standards and manuals for the Public Works Agency.


Transportation Department

is responsible for the planning, design, construction, maintenance and repair of County roads, bridges, culverts and other road facilities in the unincorporated areas of the County. They also provide traffic engineering, transportation planning, encroachment engineering and coordination of public transit services throughout the unincorporated area.


Water and Sanitation Department

is responsible for the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of water, wastewater and reclaimed water facilities within the special districts governed by the County Board of Supervisors. The department, through its Integrated Waste Management Division is also responsible for the County's compliance with the California Integrated Waste Management Act, including recycling and reuse programs to reduce waste going to landfills and to enhance environmental quality.

Watershed Protection District

is responsible for the control of flood and storm waters within designated sections of Ventura County's rivers and streams. A primary goal of the District is to provide life and safety protection to the public through the facilities it operates and to ensure District facilities are managed in an environmentally sensitive manner which complies with current requirements. This is accomplished through the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of major capital facilities including: dams, channels, levees, diversions, infiltration systems, restored habitats and water quality facilities within the County. Additionally, the Agency, through the Watershed Protection District and the Central Service Department, provides staff support to the Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency, which is an independent special district responsible for overseeing vital groundwater resources in southern portion of the County.