The Engineering Division is charged with the task of safeguarding life, health, property, and public welfare through review, design, bid, and construction of public improvement projects constructed on City property and within the City’s right-of-way. Other functions include solid waste management, NPDES, approving parcel and tract maps and various land survey documents, establishing City standards, interfacing with outside agencies, and performing special studies.

Capital Improvement Program

The Engineering Division is responsible for the implementation of the City’s adopted five-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP), which consists of a variety of projects to construct, maintain, repair, and rehabilitate the City’s infrastructure and identifies future street improvement projects. The City's five-year CIP is based on the City's Pavement Management Plan and is consistent with the City's General Plan Circulation Element.

If you are interested in bidding for any of the City’s Projects, please visit the Procurement page for more information on current opportunities. 

Interactive Map of the upcoming City Projects coming soon!

Land Division Approvals

Lot Line Adjustments, Lot Mergers, Final Parcel Maps, Final Tract Maps, Certificates of Compliance, and Offers of Dedication are processed through the Engineering Division. Applications and the process for each are found below. The Engineering Fee Schedule will help determine the City costs associated with Land Division Approvals and other Engineering related fees. Tentative Parcel and Tract Maps should be submitted to the Planning Department.

Working in the City Right-of-Way

There are two different types of permits that the Engineering department issues:

Encroachment Permits

Driveway approach, street cut (utility and private), temporary (or permanent) placement of objects in the ROW

If you are planning on performing work in the City ROW please fill out the application, and email it to the Engineering Division.

Specifications for Street Cuts and Trenching can be found HERE. Contact the Engineering Division and for any permits for street cuts.

Sanitary Sewer System

Work performed on the City Sewer System, including new sewer lateral connections, sewer lateral repairs, and sewer cap-offs require a sewer permit. Please contact the Engineering Division for the application and process. Any work performed on the City Sewer system needs to be performed by one of the City Approved Contractors.

-Need help locating your sewer lateral or depth? Please contact the Engineering Division for a sewer map.

-New Sewer Connection Fees are updated every Fiscal Year (July 1)- the most recent schedule can be found here.

For improvements within the City ROW, the City uses the standard plans below.

NPDES/Stormwater Quality Management

In 1972 the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, also referred to as the Clean Water Act, was amended to provide that the discharge of pollutants to the waters of the United States from any point source is effectively prohibited unless the discharge is in compliance with a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. The City of Big Bear Lake along with 15 other cities, the San Bernardino County Flood Control District (District), and the County of San Bernardino (County), are co-permittees on an area-wide NPDES permit for the Santa Ana River watershed.

The City Local Implementation Plan (LIP) describes how the City implements the requirements of the MS4 permit within its own jurisdiction. More information can be found regarding stormwater quality management below:

Information for Businesses

To comply with the permit the City is required to inspect certain businesses annually to ensure effective implementation with Best Management Practices (BMP’s) to reduce the likelihood of pollutants entering the storm drain system. In addition, the City conducts FOG (Fats, Oils, and Grease) inspections annually to prevent FOG from clogging the sewer system.

Construction Projects

New development and redevelopment activities often offer opportunities to design and implement modern, permanent site and building features that may reduce or eliminate stormwater runoff and pollution throughout the lifetime of a facility or development. On the other hand, construction activities associated with development can contribute significant amounts of pollutants if BMPs are not properly deployed or "housekeeping" practices are not implemented.

Do I need a WQMP as part of my redevelopment or new development project?

Use the City Checklist for Identifying Projects Requiring a Project-Specific WQMP to help determine whether your proposed project will need a WQMP.

If a WQMP is required, the plan should be submitted directly to Building and Safety when applying for a building permit.

The WQMP Template can be found at the San Bernardino County Public Works webpage under Santa Ana Watershed, with additional information for completing the WQMP. The WQMP must be completed by a currently licensed engineer.



Email Engineering

Main Office:
Phone: (909) 866-5831 x 149
Fax: (909) 866-7511

Office Hours
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Physical Address
39707 Big Bear Boulevard
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

Mailing Address
City of Big Bear Lake
PO Box 10000
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315



Current Construction Projects

Engineering Fee Schedule

Encroachment Application

Sewer Connection Fee Schedule

Sewer Master Plan

Drainage Master Plan

Standard Grading Notes