Public Works

PCPW Main Office

Since 1850

Welcome to the Plumas County Department of Public Works, serving its residents since 1850. The Public Works Department maintains approximately 680 miles of roadways, including over 500 bridges and drainage structures and more than 5,000 road signs.


The mission of the Public Works Department includes:

  • Maintaining, repairing, designing, and constructing county roads, bridges, and stormwater drainage systems in accordance with local, state, and federal laws/standards and in a manner that maximizes public safety
  • Reviewing and approving land development projects as they relate to the county road and drainage systems
  • Pursuing and obtaining federal and state funds for the county roads, bridges, and storm drainage systems

In supporting the county mission, the Public Works Department provides protection of the public investment in the county's existing road system and public safety by maintaining and improving overall roadway conditions. View additional services provided to the public.

Many rules are set by statute, yet the Board of Supervisors is the policy maker. Some funding comes from a formula share of the gas tax, while other revenue sources may require competing with other agencies for project amounts. In the past, 12.5% of the United States Forest Service (USFS) timber receipts have traditionally provided a big portion of the Road Fund, but have been reduced substantially since 1993-94.