Public Works

Alfred V. Cathey, Acting Director
Department of Public Works

Welcome to the Shasta County Department of Public Works.


To provide safe, reliable, and cost-effective facilities and services to the residents of Shasta County.

Departmental Services

Roads & Bridges

The main job of the Department's 154 employees is to design, construct and maintain county roads and bridges. The County takes care of 1,200 miles of roads and 400 bridges. Most engineering work is performed with County staff. Most construction work is contracted out.

Buildings & Grounds

Facilities Management takes care of about one million square feet of County buildings. They also take care of landscaping and grounds. Public Works is in charge of capital projects, such as new County buildings and remodels. The County uses consultants for most design services. Contracts are managed by County staff.

Solid Waste

Public Works is in charge of  the Solid Waste Program. This includes franchise agreements with two collectors Waste Management, Inc. in the greater Redding area, and Burney Disposal, Inc. in the Intermountain area; and includes the County's septage disposal program. Septage ponds are located south of Anderson; and in the Fall River Mills area.

The County oversees operations at the West Central Landfill. The landfill is run by City of Redding staff under contract with the County. The County takes care of the solid waste permit for the landfill; and is responsible for landfill expansions.

For more information on waste reduction, recycling, and free household hazardous waste and tire disposal events, visit the County’s Waste Reduction and Recycling webpage.

County Service Areas

Public Works presently runs 11 active County Service Areas (CSAs). These are mostly small water and sewer systems. CSA No. 15 is a lighting district which arranges with PG&E to maintain various clusters of street lights scattered across the County. CSA No. 1 is a fire protection district overseen by others.

Water Agency

The Water Agency was formed to develop water supplies in Shasta County. It wholesales 1,022 acre-feet of CVP water to water districts and other parties. The Water Agency acts as staff to the Redding Area Water Council, which has developed the Redding Basin Water Resources Management Plan to ensure adequate water supply in future droughts.


Shasta County has joined the City of Redding, City of Anderson, Anderson-Cottonwood Irrigation District, Bella Vista Water District, and Clear Creek Community Services District to form the Enterprise Anderson Groundwater Sustainability Agency. For more information please visit the EAGSA Website.


Public Works also manages Fall River Mills Airport, parks in French Gulch and Hat Creek, and Balls Ferry Boat Ramp.

The County Surveyor is responsible for checking, recording and maintaining maps of surveys, subdivisions and jurisdictional boundaries. The County is also involved in assessment districts, and formation and operation of Permanent Road Divisions, which maintain private roads.

Shasta County Department of Public Works utilizes Public Surplus for the sale of surplus vehicles, tools and equipment. Items currently available for auction can be viewed and bid for online at Public Surplus' Website.

For information regarding the following, contact:

Land divisions/restrictions, building
permits, grading permits, septic systems

Resource Management
1855 Placer Street
Redding, CA 96001
(530) 225-5761

Solid Waste Reduction (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, & Buy Recycled)

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal and Safer Alternatives                       

Used Motor Oil Recycling

Resource Management
Waste Reduction and Recycling
(530) 225-5789

Vendor Information & Applications Purchasing Division
1450 Court Street, Suite 348
Redding, CA 96001
(530) 225-5343
Redding Streets & Traffic

City of Redding - Streets
City of Redding - Traffic

Recorded Maps Assessor - Recorder
1450 Court Street, Suite 208
Redding, CA 96001
(530) 225-5671
 Links to Other Agencies

Office Locations

Shasta County Department of Public Works
1855 Placer Street
Redding, CA  96001
(530) 225-5661

Facilities Management Division
1958 Placer Street
Redding, CA  96001
(530) 225-5659