Engineering Services

The mission of Engineering Services is to provide quality engineering and technical support in a professional and efficient manner for City of Orinda residents and city departments.

Capital Improvement Program

Engineering Services prepares the 5-Year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and implements the program by producing designs, plans, and specifications and managing construction of the improvements.

The CIP, updated on an annual basis, addresses the City's infrastructure needs and includes:

  • Drainage
  • Parks
  • Pavement Improvements
  • Streets


To see the current and past Capital Improvement Programs, please refer to the Capital Improvement Program Archive.

Design and Construction Administration of Public Infrastructure Improvement Projects

Engineering Services manages design and construction of CIP projects funded on a continuous basis, through:

  • Gas Tax
  • The General Fund
  • Measure C
  • TFCA

List of Moratorium Streets

Do you need to check if your street is currently under Moratorium? Refer to the List of Streets under Moratorium.

Stormwater Management & Erosion Control Plans

Engineering Services ensures that the City is in compliance with the standards of the Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) and the requirements of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits (NPDES). For more information visit our Stormwater Management and Erosion Control Plans pages.

Drainage Plans

Engineering Services ensures that Article 2, Chapter 18.03 of the Orinda Municipal Code (Watercourse Alteration Permit, also knowns as Drainage Permit) is enforced. The City coordinates with the Contra Costa County Building Inspection Department, which issues drainage and grading permits to the City of Orinda.

Does your project require a Drainage or Grading permit? Refer to the Drainage/Grading Permit Process (PDF) (PDF).

Technical Review of Development Applications

Through the application of engineering reviews pursuant to standards of the industry, Engineering Services ensures that new development in the City proceeds in a manner that is consistent with the City's regulations and that impacts to existing infrastructure are mitigated.

Traffic Management

This program encompass engineering activities directed at managing and regulating the flow of vehicular, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic within the public right-of-way. This includes the collection of speed data, traffic-calming measures, and traffic engineering analysis for placement of stop signs and speed limit signs. For more information refer to our Traffic & Roadway Signs page.