Public Works - Engineering Division

  1. Engineering

    Physical Address
    823 Rosenberg
    4th Floor, Suite 402
    Galveston, TX 77550

    Phone: 409-797-3644

UPDATE: Utility Permits

All applicants emailing utility permits in the right-of-way must now submit them online to the City eportal. Email your name, number, email, and company address. A contractor number with instructions on how to register for an account will be provided to you. All other permits regarding driveways, sidewalks, curb and gutter permits must contact development services.

*Utility Permits in the right-of-way: overheard lines, bore, trenching, hand digging, excavating for fiber and conduits installation, soil samples/geotechnical bores, and tie-ins to existing City utilities in the right-of-way.*


In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Engineering Division will temporarily transition to a telecommunication appointment-only system. You may schedule an appointment by emailing three (3)  business days in advance to request approval of telecommunication meetings with staff.  Please provide your phone number and address in the email. 

All residents, commercial businesses, and telecommunication companies submitting permits with the engineering division are advised to send an email to with detailed information for all engineering issued permits or new address requests. Please allow time for employees to review and respond to all requests as the employees of City Hall  adjust to a new operating rhythm during these circumstances.

Thank you!

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Policy Changes for Right of Way Construction Permits

Effective April 1, 2019, right of way permits will be issued through Development Services. They may be applied for in person or online. Plans must be submitted electronically for review and should typically be reviewed within five working days. This will not affect new construction as the right of way permits will be a part of the review of new projects and are to be included in the building permit. For right of way permits issued after April 1, 2019 that require sidewalk and drive-approach inspections, the inspections will be scheduled through and performed by the Building Division. 

Engineering Staff

Name Title
Daniel Christodoss City Engineer 
Leslie Alquicira Senior Assistant City Engineer
Dilcia Jimenez Assistant City Engineer 
Anthony Smith  Engineering Technician
David Frisbey Senior Survey Party Chief
Baldemar Fuentes
Design Assistant
Melissa De La Rosa GIS Technician
Monica Flores Administrative Assistant


What is the Right of Way?

The right of way (ROW) is the area owned and/or controlled by the City and typically includes the street surface, sidewalks, and grassy areas between pavement and property lines. It is important to note that not all right-of-way falls under City jurisdiction.

When do I need a ROW Permit?

When you are installing or repairing sidewalks, driveways, and culverts.

When do I need a Utility Permit?

When you are performing utility work in the City ROW, excavating, trenching, hand digging or bore in the City ROW, or conducting well/soil samples. 

When do I need a TLTU?

When you are placing a dumpster or pod in the ROW, having a block party, or temporarily blocking any section of the ROW. 

When can I get a Handicap Parking Zone Sign installed in from of my residential property?

When the applicant requesting for the Handicap Parking Zone sign provides, their handicap placard or vehicle registration showing handicap plates for the individual requesting, and a valid TX Driver’s License or ID matching the address to requested location.

Which permits require insurance and bond?

Insurance is required on all City of Galveston Utility Permits for the contractor who will be conducting the work on site. The bond amount will be in accordance with the linear feet of proposed buried line x 100. Example, if the proposed buried line is 300’ then the bond amount would be $30,000.00, if the proposed buried line is less than a 100’ then the minimum bond amount is $10,000.00 respectively.