What We Do

Raul M. Rojas, County Purchasing Agent, Director, Public Works
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Department of Public Works

At Marin County Public Works, it's our job to help provide a safe environment and an enhanced quality of life to the people of Marin County. We do this by maintaining and improving the public infrastructure as well as providing timely and cost-effective support to other county departments.

The Department of Public Works administers a variety of programs encompassing roadworks, communication, environment and transportation.

Marin County Airport (Gnoss Field)

We are situated on 120 acres just north of Novato and are home to some 295 aircraft. We're open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to serve the community.

As the nearest uncongested general aviation facility to San Francisco and the North Bay wine country, Gnoss is a popular destination for both business and pleasure pilots. The aircraft parking apron includes approximately 81 tie-downs, 147 T-hangars, and 37 conventional hangars, for a total parking capacity of approximately 310 aircraft.

Building Maintenance Division

Our main responsibilities are the maintenance and upkeep of all the buildings which are owned or leased by the County, as well as ensuring that power is always available for our communications and 911 emergency services.

In addition we are tasked with the improvement and energy-efficient retrofit of County structures such as the historic Civic Center buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Our goal is to secure an energy STAR rating for every County building and, to that end, we are installing solar panels and other energy-saving devices throughout the County.

We also maintain and repair furniture, cabinets, cooling equipment and lighting. We replace pipes, fittings and drains as well as retrofitting pumps and motors.

Capital Projects Division

Capital Projects Buildings is responsible for capital improvements, major maintenance on buildings and infrastructure and the implementation of ADA requirements for all 21 County Buildings.

In addition to supervising County Fuel Storage, we oversee most of the County properties including the historic Civic Center Administration Building and Hall of Justice.

Communications Division

The mission of the Communications Division is to oversee Marin County’s communication systems. In addition to the maintenance of County equipment, we contract our services with other local government public safety agencies and districts such as city Fire Departments. 

However, our services are not limited to just maintenance. Our staff is dedicated to the complete design, installation and repair of county radios and other electronic communications equipment like microwave transmitters, encryption modules, modems and Moscad fault management units. 

County Fleet Division

The Marin County Fleet handles all inventory, maintenance and repair work on over 500 pieces of equipment including county vehicles, employee motor pool, maintenance equipment, law enforcement vehicles, public works and fire vehicles, all generators for MERA communications, and flood control equipment.

Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA)

We are the Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) and it's our job to consolidate the administration, permits, inspections, and enforcement activities of some of the environmental and emergency management programs in Marin County.

Disability Access Division

The Disability Access Program works closely with County departments in a joint dedication to ongoing compliance with all current federal, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination for persons with disabilities. We work to enable easy access for everyone to the public infrastructure, open space, all public meetings and information pertaining to County activities. We assist Human Resources in ensuring equitable opportunities for County employment and timely provision of reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities.

County Policy on Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Disability

The County of Marin does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admissions or access to its programs or activities. An ADA Coordinator has been designated to coordinate compliance with the non-discrimination requirements contained in the Department of Justice regulations implementing Subtitle A of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. 12131), which prohibits discrimination on the basis on disability by public agencies.

For Program Access and architectural accessibility issues, please contact:

William Campagna, M.S.
County of Marin ADA Coordinator
Disability Access Program Manager
3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 304
San Rafael, CA 94903
Phone: (415) 473-4381
Voice/TTY: (415) 473-3232
FAX: (415) 473-3799

For Employment related accessibility issues, please contact:

Angela Nicholson
Assistant Director of Human Resources
(415) 473-4396

Engineering Division

Our primary job is to provide Civil Engineering and Surveying services to and for the County of Marin.  Engineering Services administers and implements civil engineering projects for various county organizations, providing engineering consultation on projects related to roads, bridges, drainage, flood control, bicycle and pedestrian pathways, and stream restoration. Engineering staff designs, bids and then provides construction management for the majority of its projects. The program also performs land surveying based on the needs of the various organizations it serves.

Flood Control Division

The mission of the Marin County Flood Control and Water Conservation District (District) is to reduce the risk of flooding for the protection of life and property while utilizing sustainable practices. The District aims to meet this mission through effective, transparent, and responsive planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of facilities such as stormwater pump stations, detention basins, bypass drains, creeks, ditches, and levees. Information on the District’s eight flood control zones, including progress with current projects and programs, is available at Marinwatersheds.org. Real time precipitation and stream gauge information at the District’s gauges can be viewed at Marin.onerain.com.

Land Use Division

The Land Use Division handles a wide variety of permit and plan check services for Marin County including creek, grading, encroachment and trip transportation permits. In addition, our engineers review all permit applications from Planning and Building Inspection for conformance with applicable codes and regulations. We also handle the field inspections required by those permits. Land Use examines all subdivision maps and records of survey for conformance with state and local codes. Additionally, Land Use reviews and comments on all proposed right-of-way abandonments processed by the Real Estate Division and annexations processed by the Local Agency Formation Commission.

Land Use is responsible for ensuring compliance with FEMA regulations in order to remain participants in the National Flood Insurance Programs (NFIP). Land Use is pursuing participation in the NFIP's Community Rating System (CRS) Program, which will translate into lower flood insurance premiums for all policy holders within the unincorporated areas in the County of Marin.

Marin County Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program

The Marin County Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program (MCSTOPPP) is a joint effort of Marin's cities, towns and unincorporated areas. Our goal is to:

  • Prevent stormwater pollution;
  • Protect and enhance water quality in creeks and wetlands;
  • Preserve beneficial uses of local waterways;
  • Comply with State and Federal regulations; and,
  • Ensure coordination and consistency of approaches across Marin.

Print Shop

As a part of the Department of Public Works, Printing Services offers a full range of high quality reproductive services to all Marin County departments and divisions as well other government agencies and non-profits. We are a full-service printing facility located in the Civic Center, and we pride ourselves on the production of high quality projects at reasonable rates.

Office of Procurement Services/County Purchasing Agent

At the Purchasing Division of Marin County, our goal is to serve the best interests of the County by obtaining the maximum value for each dollar spent while at the same time complying with all County, State and Federal laws. To this end we publish requests for bids and then evaluate the offers for the best services at the best prices. 

Real Estate Division

Our job is to manage the real estate services for the County and several related special districts such as Flood Control and Open Space.  We also provide the same services to other government agencies including cities, special districts and other counties.

We handle most facets of land transactions for the County of Marin including the acquisition and disposal of land and interests in land, negotiating leases, project acquisition oversight for state and federally funded projects and property management of county and special district lands.

Roads Division

The Roads Division holds primary responsibility for maintaining most of the roads in the unincorporated areas of our county. The exceptions are state roads, city streets, and non-county maintained roads. 

We work to serve the county's residents and visitors with the least inconvenience as possible. To that end, we often do our work during the late night/early morning hours so as to cause as little impedance to traffic flow as possible. 

Transportation Division

The Transportation Division of Marin County Public Works manages all the roadways and transportation in Marin County; whether they are within the borders of a city or in a rural, unincorporated area. There are three sections within our division responsible for different aspects of transportation.  They are: Traffic OperationsTransportation Planning and Project Development.

Urban Search and Rescue Team (US&R)

The County’s Urban Search and Rescue Team (US&R) is a specialized team composed of both Fire Department and Public Works Department employees. It is the only urban rescue unit in California with crew members from these two departments, trained to work as a single team.

The team was created by action of the Board of Supervisors in September 1995 to act as a resource during natural or man-made disasters, including floods, earthquakes, transportation accidents, and collapse of structures including buildings, bridges, trenches and dams.

Waste Management

The Waste Management Division is responsible for administering zero waste programs and solid waste collection franchises for the unincorporated areas of the County, the CUPA program regulating hazardous waste operations, and provides staff to the Marin County Hazardous and Solid Waste Joint Powers Authority.