Skip to code content (skip section selection)
The Department shall perform such functions or duties as are imposed by statute upon either the County Surveyor, County Engineer, the County Road Commissioner, or the Flood Plain Administrator and such other functions as may be assigned to it by the Board including the following:
(a) Field Operations:
(1) Examine and inspect all County roads, highways, bridges and culverts and endeavor to keep same clear of obstructions and in good condition.
(2) Compile and maintain a County road register in accordance with the requirements of the Streets and Highways Code of the State of California.
(3) Control and manage all County owned or leased real property acquired with funds from the Road Fund or other funds the use of which is restricted to highway purposes, including necessary borrow pits, quarries and material storage areas.
(4) Inspect and maintain flood control and storm drainage channels, conduits and structures.
(5) Compile and maintain maps, records and other data as necessary to maintain transportation systems.
(1) Prepare or cause to be prepared all surveys, plans and specifications and estimates of cost of all work on wastewater and flood control facilities, closed and inactive solid waste disposal facilities, County airports, roads, highways, bridges, and stormwater treatment devices whether performed under contract or with County forces and equipment.
(2) Examine and inspect all work performed under public contract on all closed and inactive solid waste disposal facilities, County airports, roads, highways, wastewater and flood control facilities, bridges, culverts, and stormwater treatment devices, and require the same to be done in accordance with the plans and specifications filed with the Board and make such reports to the Board, from time to time as said Board may direct, respecting the progress and cost of all such work.
(3) Examine plans and specifications for and inspect all work done by subdivision developers on County roads, highways, bridges, culverts, wastewater and flood control facilities, and require the same to be done in conformance with County specifications and requirements.
(4) Examine plans and specifications for and inspect all work done on any road which the Board has approved for acceptance by the County upon its improvement to County standards and requirements, provided application for such examination and inspection is made and the costs thereof are first paid to the Department.
(5) Inspect work done within road rights of way, utility installations, and road uses resulting from permits for encroachment, and subject to the provisions of law and County ordinances.
(6) Develop standards for the construction of County roads, highways, bridges, culverts, local drainage systems, stormwater treatment devices, and other similar improvements.
(1) Prepare and maintain such County maps as may be prescribed by law or directed by the Board, including all election precinct and school district maps and legal description of boundaries thereof.
(2) Check all Subdivision Maps, Parcel Maps and Record of Survey Maps as required by law or County ordinance.
(3) Maintain a record of all drawings and plans for all construction and alteration of roads, highways, bridges, culverts, traffic devices and related facilities in the County's maintained road system.
(4) Perform or authorize to be performed retracement or remonument surveys of major historical land division lines upon which later surveys are based, such as, but not limited to, government section lines, rancho lines, grant lines, rancho section lines, acreage subdivision lot lines, and subdivision boundary lines within such county.
(5) Establish monuments and vertical control bench marks in accordance with the County-wide California Coordinate System and prepare and maintain lists and supplemental maps of graphic indexes of California Coordinate Monuments and bench marks.
(6) Prepare and maintain topographic, photographic and other maps of the County of San Diego for use by the County and the general public.
(d) Traffic Engineering:
(1) Provide administrative support and traffic engineering services to the County Traffic Advisory Committee.
(2) Work with residents and agencies on improving traffic safety and resolving traffic engineering matters.
(3) Review for approval in those cases where research, opinion, recommendation, or other exceptions to the established road design standards are requested for the construction of County-maintained roads.
(4) Inspect, accept, maintain, and operate traffic control devices and streetlight installations within road rights of way.
(5) Process special event traffic operations permits for block parties, parades, and other special events within the County roads.
(e) Wastewater Management:
(1) Operate those County sanitation districts for which the County has contracted to furnish such service and all sewer and water maintenance districts and sanitation districts under the control of the Board.
(2) Establish, subject to the approval of the Board, plans and standards for the development and rules and regulations for the operation of such districts and the projects and activities assigned to the Department.
(3) Supervise the conduct of such improvement act proceedings as may be assigned by the Board.
(4) Control and manage property under the jurisdiction of the County used for the production and distribution of water through a County service area, County maintenance district, or similar area or district.
(f) Flood Control:
(1) Represent the County and San Diego County Flood Control District in the field of flood control and perform such functions and duties as may be necessary to perform this task in accordance with applicable laws.
(2) Provide professional engineering and administrative support to the County of San Diego Flood Control Advisory Commission.
(3) Administer the Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Flood Insurance Program locally.
(4) Examine plans and specifications for and inspect all work done on any flood control facility which the Board has approved for acceptance by the County of San Diego Flood Control upon its improvement to applicable standards and requirements, provided application for such examination and inspection is made and the costs thereof are paid to the County or Flood Control District.
(g) Watershed Protection:
(1) Foster water quality improvement through collaborative planning with partner agencies.
(2) Carry on activities as may be assigned by the Board of Supervisors to promote a healthy watershed and comply with federal and state law, including but not limited to applicable National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) requirements.
(3) Promote water quality through outreach and public education.
(h) Closed Landfills:
(1) Control and manage all County owned or leased real property necessary to the management of the County's closed and inactive solid waste disposal facilities.
(A) Protect human health and the environment.
(B) Comply with federal, state, and local regulations.
(C) Maintain sites using best management practices.
(D) Maximize the rate of return on all assets.
(i) Private Development Construction Inspection:
(1) Review tentative and final maps, plans and specifications, subdivision improvement and other agreements to ensure facilities are constructed by private developers in accordance with approved plans, project conditions, and applicable contracts.
(2) Review permits for encroachments into road rights of way and other facilities managed by the Department to ensure the encroachments are constructed or placed in accordance with applicable law and requirements.
(j) Private Road and Landscape Maintenance:
(1) Form, administer, and provide maintenance services for special districts such as County Service Areas, County-wide Lighting and Landscape Improvement and Maintenance Districts, Underground Utility Districts, Assessment Districts, Special Tax Districts, and Permanent Road Divisions under the jurisdiction of the Department.
(k) Solid Waste Planning and Recycling:
(1) Provide countywide solid waste planning and management functions.
(2) Manage waste reduction and recycling components of the County's Integrated Waste Management Plan.
(3) Manage the construction and demolition debris diversion program.
(4) Manage the County's Non-exclusive Solid Waste Management Agreements (Franchise Agreements).
(5) Prepare and update appropriate sections of the Countywide Integrated Waste Management Plan for the San Diego region as required.
(Amended by Ord. No. 3524 (N.S.), adopted 5-26-70, effective 7-1-70; amended by Ord. No. 4514 (N.S.), effective 6-26-75, operative 7-1-75; amended by Ord. No. 4886 (N.S.), effective 5-5-77; amended by Ord. No. 5194 (N.S.), effective 8-4-78; amended by Ord. No. 5918 (N.S.), effective 12-4-80; amended by Ord. No. 7997 (N.S.), effective 12-5-91; amended by Ord. No. 8865 (N.S.), effective 1-6-98; amended by Ord. No. 9074 (N.S.), effective 9-10-99; amended by Ord. No. 9270 (N.S.), effective 12-15-00; amended by Ord. No. 10237 (N.S.), effective 1-4-13; amended by Ord. No. 10645 (N.S.), effective 2-14-20; amended by Ord. No. 10726 (N.S.), effective 6-4-21)