Public Works Department

The mission of the Public Works Department is to provide and maintain the infrastructure of the City of Coos Bay while protecting the health and welfare of the City residents, businesses, and visitors. We are here to provide quality services, within available resources, to our customers in a timely and effcient manner, as well as to support economic growth and development with the unity and trust of highly qualified and skilled personnel.

Get To Know

Jim {last_name} - Director Photo Jim Hossley

Jim started in the Public Works profession in 1990.  He joined the City of Coos Bay in October 2005.

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  • Q:

    × When do I have to hook up to the City’s sewer or a septic system?

    When a collection line or service lateral becomes available within 300 feet of a property served by a private sewage disposal system, the user shall construct a private lateral to connect the property to the wastewater system, and any septic tanks, cesspools, or other private sewage disposal system shall, at the owner’s sole expense, be abandoned in accordance with state law and in accordance with Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) requirements.

    Where no collection line is located within 300 feet from any boundary of a property, the owner shall construct and connect to a private sewage disposal system complying with the provisions of Section 13.15 of the Coos Bay Municipal Code. The owner shall operate and maintain the private sewage disposal system at all times in a sanitary manner and at the owner’s sole expense. Permits may be required by the DEQ for the installation and/or maintenance of the private sewage disposal system. It is the owner’s responsibly to comply with all DEQ requirements.

    The local DEQ office is located at 381 N Second Street, Coos Bay, OR 97420. The phone number for DEQ’s office is (541) 269-2721.

  • Q:

    × Do I need a permit to remove a tree from my property?

    You do not need a permit or permission to remove a tree on your own property. However, if the tree is in the public right of way, such as next to the street or sidewalk, you must have approval from the Tree Board prior to removal. You may also need a Public Works Permit for work in the right of way. Contact the Public Works Department at 541-269-8918 for additional information.

  • Q:

    × Who is responsible for the improved and unimproved right of way next to my house?

    The property owner is responsible for the maintenance of the improved and/or unimproved right of way adjacent to the property. The right of way must be maintained so that vegetation in not overgrown and causing a vision clearance issue, and sidewalks must be maintained and in good repair and safe condition. See Coos Bay Municipal Code Section 12.

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The Engineering Division provides engineering services for the City's public improvement projects.  These projects are primairly related to wastewater and stormwater infrastructure.  The Division also provides engineering review of plans for private improvements within public right-of-way or that impact public right-of-way.

Engineering Staff

Jennifer Wirsing, PE
City Engineer/Deputy Director
Phone  541-269-1181 x 2247

Stephan Stys
Engineer Administrator
Phone 541-269-1181 x 2206

Rishia Latta
Environmental Specialist
Phone 541-269-1181 x 2249

Nik Rapelje
Engineering Services Coordinator
Phone 541-269-1181 x 2221

Jared Sylvester
Engineering Services Coordinator
Phone 541-269-1181 x 2249


The Operations Division is responsible for the maintenance of the public infrastructure.

Services provided by this division include: the repair of City streets, sidewalks, storm water, street sweeping, tree service, public drainage facilities, mowing of City's property, installation of traffic control devices, traffic signals, traffic markings, fleet management and facility management. Operations Division also oversees project management and contract management of large infrastructure and facility projects, which includes securing outside resources such as grants to assist both the department and other shareholders in achieving the City's goals.

Plans, schedules & Documents

Coos Bay Transportation System Plan - Volume 1

Coos Bay Transportation System Plan - Volume 2

Street Grading Schedule Map

Utility & Service Lateral Installation Restoration Policy - 2018


Water Quality manages the wastewater treatment plants and the sanitary and storm collection systems.

Fats, Oils & Grease Management Program Draft Ordinance


Creating, maintaining and delivering accurate, up to date geographic information resources for the City of Coos Bay staff and its citizens.

What is GIS?

A geographic information system (GIS) integrates hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information. It is a computer-based tool for mapping and analyzing things that exist and events that happen on earth. GIS technology integrates database operations and statistical analysis with the unique visualization and spatial analysis benefits offered by maps. These abilities distinguish GIS from other information systems and make it valuable to a wide range of public and private enterprises for explaining events, predicting outcomes, and planning strategies.

GIS Services

GIS Services is responsible for the development and maintenance of all enterprise GIS data utilized by the City. Specific responsibilities include map production, geospatial analysis, GPS data collection & processing, software/hardware configuration and web mapping application design.

External Links

Oregon Spatial Data Library




Micah Lynn
GIS Coordinator


The City of Coos Bay provides GIS maps for its citizens and staff to view and search for a variety of data. Maps are available through interactive web-based applications or as downloadable files.

Online Interactive Maps - Select the link below to access the City's web-based mapping applications.

Coos Bay Maps


Standard Maps - The following City maps are available for download in Adobe® pdf format.

Zoning Map

Comprehensive Plan Map

Urban Renewal Districts Map

Coos Bay Estuary Management Plan Map

Street Map


The following plans and standards have been adopted.

design standards, Policies & Details

Engineering Design Standards
Standard Details
Utility & Service Lateral Installation Restoration Policy - 2018
Policy for Reduced Street Construction and Design Standards

Wastewater Master Plans

Collection System Master Plan - Volume A
Collection System Master Plan - Appendices
Collection System Master Plan - Figures
Collection System Master Plan - Volume B - System Mapping
Collection System Master Plan - Volume B - Proposed Improvements

Stormwater Master Plans

Stormwater Master Plan - Volume A
Stormwater Master Plan - Appendix A
Stormwater System Master Plan - Volume B - System Mapping
Stormwater System Master Plan - Limited Area - 2004
Stormwater System Master Plan - Limited Area - 2004 - Appendices

Sewer Lateral Regulations

Letter to Industry, Guidelines for Illegal and Legal Discharge

Streets & transportation plans

Streets Task Force Recommendations
Coos Bay Transportation System Plan - Volume 1
Coos Bay Transportation System Plan - Volume 2
Street Grading Schedule Map


Current Request for Bids, Proposals and/or Qualifications from the City of Coos Bay

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Current city projects

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Projects that will be starting soon

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