Public Works

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Public Works 2016 Annual Report

Learn what the Public Works Department does and the various services it provides by viewing the 2016 Annual Report: Our Services To You. This report offers an overview of the department’s 2016 achievements, projects, and programs, as well as general finance information from the three areas of work – roads, solid waste, and surface water.

Note: This summary document does not include every accomplishment and project from 2016.

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The Public Works Department is responsible for:
  • Developing and maintaining the roads, bridges, traffic, and the general transportation system within unincorporated Snohomish County.
  • Overseeing the disposal of solid waste (trash and recycling) within all of Snohomish County.
  • Managing and monitoring surface water including storm water drainage and flooding, as well as water quality in rivers, streams, lakes, and aquatic habitat.
The department provides services throughout unincorporated Snohomish County, but often partners with cities and/or agencies for various projects.


Public Works is the largest department in Snohomish County government with approximately 590 positions.

Title VI

Review the Title VI section for information about the Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, a copy of our Title VI Policy Statement, Notice to the Public, and Title VI Plan Updated April 2016; and for complaint procedures, complaint forms, and contact information.