Development Engineering

Engineering a Safe, Healthy City

The Development Engineering team makes sure that private development projects meet the highest safety standards, not only in their design and construction but also in their impact on traffic, neighborhoods, and other aspects of every day life.

Team members spend a lot of time reviewing blueprints, soil analyses, maps, and other documents related to construction projects. Their hard work ensures that all projects meet both engineering standards and City requirements.

Encroachment Permits

A permit is needed any time a construction project, event, or other activity encroaches in the public right of way. Learn more about this permit here.

Sewer Pipe Upgrades

Home and business owners are responsible for fixing damaged or leaking sewer pipes on their property. Our team will need to review and approve plans for sewer replacement projects.

Sprinkler Retrofit

If you need to install a sprinkler system as part of a home addition project, you may also need to replace the water lateral pipe serving your home. Our team can help you determine if a replacement is necessary.

Development Review

Development Engineering is involved in the City's development review process. Learn more about this process and the City's Development Review Committee.


Development Engineering is responsible for traffic management in the City. Learn what that entails and how you can report traffic concerns.

Floodplain Management Plan

Review our Floodplain Management Plan to learn more about Petaluma's Floodplain guidelines.

ADA Transition Plan

Review our ADA Transition Plan.

City Standards

Access electronic copies of the City's Design and Construction Standards and Specifications here. For paper copies, contact Public Works at (707) 778-4303 or by email.



Development Engineering maintains a library of maps and soils reports related to development in the City. To review or order copies, contact Public Works at (707) 778-4303 or by email.

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