The Engineering Department is responsible for developing and managing all public works and capital improvement projects including streets, sidewalks, water mains, storm drains, sewer mains, and bicycle lanes, among other projects. The department also reviews street and utility improvement plans for compliance with applicable design standards and regulations and inspects project construction to assure conformance with approved grading, drainage and storm water plans. The department oversees important City functions, including:
- Plan check and approval of improvement plans, final maps, and parcel maps
- Provision of floodplain information
- Working with the public on day-to-day issues requiring an engineering opinion
Rivers, Creeks & Streams
Cloverdale's creeks, and streams and the Russian River are valuable resources to the City of Cloverdale. They remove water pollutants and improve water quality, provide flood control and storm water drainage, are vital to wildlife habitat and create neighborhood beauty and improved quality of life. There are three major creeks which flow through the City of Cloverdale. These creeks are:
- Cloverdale Creek
- Porterfield Creek
- Cherry Creek
View a map of the total watershed area of these creeks. The City of Cloverdale General Plan has policies and programs that conserve the natural environment and wildlife resources. Learn more by viewing the Cloverdale General Plan.
Permitting Jurisdiction Contacts
The following is contact information for agencies that have permitting jurisdiction over rivers, creeks, and streams within the City of Cloverdale. For questions regarding creek or stream maintenance, please contact the following agencies:
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, San Francisco Office
- California Department of Fish and Game, Bay Delta Region
Lake and Streambed Alteration Program
To learn more about the Russian River and the Russian River Watershed, please go to the Russian River Watershed Association website.
For questions about flooding or flood insurance maps and studies visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) website or call 877-336-2627.
Slow the Flow of Storm Water Runoff
The City of Cloverdale has partnered with our neighboring cities in Sonoma and Mendocino counties to help protect the Russian River. Part of this will include new designs and techniques for landscaping which help "slow the flow" to our streets, creeks and rivers. Details of these changes will be posted on the City's website in the coming months, but in the meantime the State of California has prepared a Film Festival to introduce some of the new concepts.
View the Slow the Flow video.
Visit the Water Quality Outreach YouTube site which has a number of videos including; What the heck is Storm Water Runoff, Rain Gardens, Permeable pavers, Lawn Removal.
Encroachment Permit Process
The City of Cloverdale requires an Encroachment Permit for all work performed in the public right of way. Accordingly, the City has specific requirements with respect to the processing of Encroachment Permits.
If you have general questions, please contact Bobby Spagnola at (707) 894-1728 or email@example.com
To obtain an encroachment permit, you must submit the following:
If you have a Subcontractor doing the work or assisting with the work, the applicant will need to provide the following in addition to the applicants requirements:
The City will review the project, determine the permit conditions, additional permit fees (added project inspections) and if any additional information is needed. The applicant will be notified when the permit is ready for issuance (fees need to be paid before the permit can be reviewed). Please allow at minimum 2-4 weeks for Encroachment Permit Processing and approval, depicting the complexity of each project or the lack of provided information from the applicant could add additional time to the approval process.
Fee payment is can be paid online through our OpenGov Portal when applying for an Encroachment Permit.
All Encroachment Permit Applications need to be submitted via online through our OpenGov portal
- Authorization to Duplicate and Release Construction Documents
- Encroachment Permit Application - Requirements
- Encroachment Permit Application - Online
- Encroachment Permit Insurance Requirements
- Wastewater Discharge Permit Application
- Master Fee Schedule FY-2023-24
- Master Fee Schedule FY-2022-23
- Master Fee Schedule FY-2021-22
- Master Fee Schedule FY-2020-21
- Development Impact Fee Schedule FY-2023-24
- Development Impact Fee Schedule FY-2022-23
- Development Impact Fee Schedule FY-2020-21
Design and Construction Standards
- Design and Construction Standards- Complete Book
- Standards Construction Specifications
- Street Design Specifications
- Sewer System Specifications
- Storm Drain Specifications
- Water System Specifications
- Street Lights Specifications
- Traffic Specifications
- 100-Subdivision General Notes
- 200-Street Design Standards
- 300-Sewer Design Standards- Trench Details can be found here
- 400-Storm Drain Design Standards
- 500-Water Design Standards
- 600-Street Light Design Standards
- 700-Traffic Design Standards
- 800-Erosion Control Design Standards
- Appendix-Deed & Certificate Forms
- Application Forms, Fees, and Submittal Requirements- Including on-line Encroachment Permits
- Capital Improvement Program 2010 to 2014
- City Water System Master Plan
- Existing City Water System Map
- City Master Water Plan Map
- City Sewer System Master Plan
- Existing Sewer System Map
- City Sewer Zones Map
- City Vacant Area Map with Expanded Sewer Services & Annex Areas
- Cloverdale GIS and Parcel Information
- California Department of Housing and Community Development- Accessory Dwelling Units
- City of Cloverdale- Types of Accessory Dwelling Units
- City of Cloverdale- Zoning Codes on Accessory Dwelling Units
Street sweeping in Cloverdale is performed by Recology, Inc. who also provides our trash service. Street sweeping occurs every Friday along Cloverdale Boulevard and a few selected streets within our downtown neighborhoods. Residential neighborhoods are swept once a month.
View the Full Street Sweeping Schedule.