Office of the City Engineer
The City Engineer implements and administers the provisions in the City’s Code of Ordinances and state/federal regulations relating to street cuts and sidewalks. Additionally, they issue the paving and utility construction permits, approve plans and oversee Plan Review. They make the engineering decisions in accordance with the City’s standard contract documents and resolve or mediate any conflicts from the contracts.
The City Engineer is also responsible for the following:
- Planning, design, bid document preparation, and construction administration for planned capital improvement projects (i.e streets, streetlights, traffic lights, sidewalks, etc.)
- Reviewing civil site plans for residential and commercial building permit applications
- Permitting street excavation, driveway, sidewalk, lane closure, and use of cranes within public right-of-way
- Environmental regulatory compliance for development projects, ongoing municipal operations, and local stormwater management
- Traffic safety planning and management City property and right-of-way management
- Horizontal and vertical survey control
- Serving as a repository for utility and roadway as-built drawings, technical reports, property plats, and right-of-way maps that date back several decades
Important Documents & Links
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is responsible for maintaining sidewalks and curbs in the City?
Pursuant to Harrisburg City Ordinance 9-107 Sidewalk Construction and Maintenance, the “owners of the property abutting on any public highway of the City are required to construct, pave, curb, repave, and re-curb the sidewalks in front of and along such property and to keep the same in good repair, with cement, concrete, brick, stone blocks or other permanent paving materials satisfactory to the City Engineer…” Construction details and application can be found here. If you wish to speak with anyone further about sidewalk and curb construction in the City of Harrisburg, please contact the City Engineer office by dialing 3-1-1, (717-255-3040: outside) or by emailing [email protected].
Who is responsible for the repair of sewer laterals in the City?
Pursuant to Harrisburg City Ordinance 9-507.5 Repair of leaks or breaks, “it shall be the duty of the owners of occupants of all premises within the City to repair all leaks or breaks that may occur in the sanitary sewer or storm drain pipes connecting their respective premises with the City sewer mains within 72 hours after service of notice to do so by the Director DPW or a designee…” Capital Region Water is the designee and if you wish to speak with anyone further about sewer lateral repairs, please contact Capital Region Water at 888-510-0606.
Who is responsible for the repair of water laterals in the City?
Pursuant to Harrisburg City Ordinance 9-701.4 Repair of leaks or breaks It shall be the duty of the owners or occupants of all premises within the City to repair all leaks or breaks that may occur in the water lateral lines which supply, have supplied, or are capable of supplying their respective premises within 72 hours after service of notice to do so by the Director of Public Works or a designee…” Capital Region Water is the designee and if you wish to speak with anyone further about water lateral repairs, please contact Capital Region Water at 888-510-0606.
There is a street, sign, and/or traffic signal in need of repair. How do I get it repaired?
Vision Zero is Harrisburg’s strategy to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries in the city within 10 years. Vision Zero strategies are in use around the country and around the world. In Harrisburg, Vision Zero is a city-wide program that focuses on safety for all road users: those who walk, ride bicycles, ride the bus, and drive in cars.