The Engineering Division provides administration, design, and construction management for the City’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP), and provides review services for Encroachment Permits Applications and Development Projects.  The Engineering Division coordinates water, sewer, and pavement master plans; inspects construction within the public right-of-way to verify conformance with the permit conditions and compliance with the latest City codes; compliance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES); administration of several special funding sources, such as Measure M, Gas Tax, and Sanitation funds; management of encroachment and traffic control permits for any work within the public right-of-way; coordination of projects with other City departments; utility coordination; and record drawing management.

Engineering Services by Appointment

Counter service for engineering services is provided during the following hours at the Brea Civic and Cultural Center on the third floor of the Brea Civic & Cultural Center:

  • Monday through Thursday
     8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 
  • Friday (alternating weeks)
     8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

To maximize customer convenience, it is highly recommended that an appointment time be scheduled. Please keep in mind, that the City of Brea is closed on alternate Fridays as shown on this calendar. You may call 714-990-7667 for appointments.

Encroachment Permits

An Encroachment Permit is required for Public Works Engineering review if any improvements are located within the public right-of-way.  To complete an Encroachment Permit Application, download and fill out the encroachment application and submit via email to Please refer to the Public Works Fee Schedule section below for guidance on fees that may be applicable to your application.  Any related questions should be submitted via email to  If you need additional assistance, please contact the Engineering Division by phone at 714-990-7667.

Development Permits

A Public Works permit is required for all off-site improvements associated with Development Projects.  Please download and fill out the plan check application prior to submittal.  This application provides a checklist of materials that you can bring to your plan check meeting.  After your first submittal, please download and fill out the subsequent plan check application for all following plan check submittals.  Please refer to the Public Works Fee Schedule section below for guidance on fees that may be applicable to your application.  If you are in need of assistance, please contact the Engineering Division by phone at 714-990-7667.

Public Works Fee Schedule

Fees will be assessed during plan check and will be based on the latest The Public Works Fee Schedule.   The Public Works Fee Schedule outlines the fees outlines the fees associated with Plan Check and Permitting, Development Project, and Encroachment Permit reviews, as well as the rate schedule for services provided by the Public Works Engineering Division.  The Public Works Fee Schedule can be found at the link below, or can be provided at the Community Development front counter.

Public Works Fee Schedule

Period Opens for Qualification of Contractors

The Public Works Department of the City of Brea invites interested contractors to complete a Contractor’s Qualification Application to be placed on the City of Brea’s 2021 Qualified Contractor’s list. This list is designed so contractors can receive “Notice Inviting Bids” for informal projects under $200,000 in their work category, per California Public Contract Code Section 22034. Only qualified contractors will be notified. For more information about fulfilling the requirements necessary to participate, please click here.

Notice Inviting Qualified Bidders

Responsible Bidders Questionnaire

Pre-Qualification Application

Sewer System Management Plan Updated

The Sewer System Management Plan (SSMP) sets forth goals and actions to be followed, and guidelines for various activities involved in managing, operating, maintaining, repairing, replacing, and expanding the sewer system within the City of Brea. The SSMP is updated every five (5) years as required by the State Water Quality Control Board Executive Order No. 2006-003-DWQ. Furthermore, the SSMP is also identified within Chapter 13.00: Sewers, of the City of Brea Municipal Code.