About Us

APWA Group Photo City Hall, 2010Public Works is a world-class public works organization that contributes to making San Francisco a beautiful, livable, vibrant, safe and sustainable city. We enhance the quality of life in San Francisco by providing outstanding public service.

We design, build, operate, maintain, clean, green, and improve the city's infrastructure, public rights-of-way, and facilities with skill, pride, and responsiveness, in partnership with the San Francisco community.

We are guided by the department’s Strategic Plan, which is a three-year road map to direct the agency in achieving its vision and mission and a living document that informs policy, budget, and daily program decisions and provides all levels of the department with guidance on how each of our actions support our department’s mission.

An integral part of the Strategic plan is the Climate Action Plan, which guides us in greening the city’s infrastructure and our business practices and includes energy use reduction; water conservation; waste reduction; ensuring that all Public Works designed, managed, maintained and construction projects strive to meet LEED Gold standards; and greenhouse gas reduction.

On April 14, 2010, the San Francisco Public Works became the 4th agency in the State of California and the 57th agency in the country to be accredited by the American Public Works Association (APWA), an international educational and professional association of public and private agencies.  This accreditation reflects our drive to professionalize the department while employing best practices to most effectively serve the people of San Francisco.