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An encroachment permit is needed for any work done by private citizens within the right-of-way of the city of Scotts Valley. The permit ensures that any construction done in or next to a street is done according to adopted construction standards. The permit fee pays for an inspector to ensure that these improvements are built to a high standard and that during construction, safe traffic control is enforced.
City maintenance crews do not have the occasion to travel many of the City's side streets on a regular basis. If you have a pothole in front of your house, the City crews are most likely not aware of it. Let us know of its existence and we will correct the problem as soon as possible by calling us at 831-438-5854.
You will have to contact the Public Works Department at 831-438-5854 and get a case-by-case response. There are many privately maintained streets in the City of Scotts Valley that appear to be public. The Public Works Department has a record on which streets are private and public, as well as some history on many of the streets.
The City Council adopted a criteria to be met prior to considering installation of a speed bump. This criteria includes a petition signed by at least 60% of the neighbors in the area, as well as evidence of a speeding problem, and an appropriate safe place for construction.
Burned out street light bulbs on Mount Hermon Road and Scotts Valley Drive are replaced by the City. Residential street lights are maintained by PG&E. Residents with lights out in their neighborhood should report the outage to the Public Works Department at 831-438-5854. It is very helpful to include the street light number that is posted on the light standard when calling in the problem.
The City of Scotts Valley Maintenance Department arranges for the maintenance of most of the signal lights in the City. A call to 831-438-5854 will prompt a repair order to the appropriate maintenance organization. Several of the traffic signals next to Highway 17 on- and off-ramps are owned and maintained by Caltrans. They are responsible for the maintenance and timing of these signals. Again, a call to us will prompt a call to Caltrans for service.
The Public Works Department is at a separate location from City Hall. Our engineering and maintenance departments are located at the corporation yard at 701 Lundy Lane which is accessed off of Whispering Pines Drive.