Pleasanton's city government provides a great number of services to the community. Check out the directory below for a description of what each department does as well as contact information. For additional information, access www.cityofpleasantonca.gov/gov/depts/. E-mail addresses for contacts within the various offices can be found in the City Directory posted on its website.
As Pleasanton's chief administrative officer, City Manager Nelson Fialho is responsible for providing overall leadership and administrative direction to the organization in the fulfillment of City Council policies and priorities. Specific functions carried out by Fialho and his staff include preparing an annual operating budget, overseeing personnel related practices and activities, and directing city services and programs. Contact the City Manager's office at (925) 931-5002.
Appointed by the City Council, City Attorney Daniel Sodergren serves as its chief legal counsel as well as the department head for the City Attorney's Office, a full-service legal department that advises council members and city staff on contractual, regulatory, and litigation matters. Specific areas where the City Attorney provides input include open meeting and public records laws; conflicts of interests; land use and environmental laws; claims and litigation; municipal elections; employment and labor relations; municipal utilities; procurement and other internal services; code enforcement; and resolutions, ordinances, and other legal documents. Contact the City Attorney's office at (925) 931-5015.
This department has five divisions: Planning Services, Building and Safety Services, Code Enforcement, the Permit Center and Traffic Engineering. Each is described below.
Planning Services This division provides a range of planning services related to current planning, advanced planning, and code enforcement. The City Planning Commission advises the City Council on land use matters including zoning issues, use permits, variance, and site and architectural plans. The Commission reviews and makes recommendations regarding development plans submitted by the Planning Division, and is also responsible for General Plan and Specific Plan reviews.
The division's website, www.cityofpleasantonca.gov/gov/depts/cd/planning/, has extensive information about all facets of the planning and building process, including applications for Development Review, the Zoning Parcel Map, Municipal Code Regulations, Site Development Standards by Zoning District, and Ordinances Related to Planned Unit Development Zoning.
A collection of Green Building-related documents, checklists, and guidelines, including the Energy Element of the General Plan, is also available online.
Anyone conducting business within the City of Pleasanton, including companies using a Pleasanton address for business mailing purposes, is required to have a business license on file. For Business License information, call (925) 931-5440.
For general planning information or special events regulations, contact the Planning Services division at (925) 931-5600. A planner is available during office hours to discuss planning-related questions at (925) 437-4009.
Building and Safety Services This division helps safeguard Pleasanton citizens against faulty or inadequate building, plumbing, mechanical and electrical installations and construction practices. The division provides guidance in compliance with state and local construction laws as they relate to seismic, wind, fire life safety, and accessibility in both plan review and field inspection, and reviews and inspects all private development structures and site work within the property boundary. Staff can be reached at (925) 931-5300.
Code Enforcement This division of the Community Development Department enforces the Pleasanton Municipal Code as it applies to property maintenance, property nuisances, and other problems in residential and commercial zoning districts. Staff work closely with all city departments to resolve health, safety, and public nuisance problems that adversely affect quality of life in Pleasanton. Over 90 percent of all reported problems are resolved on the initial contact by Code Enforcement officers. In rare circumstances, administrative penalties are assessed to those who fail to comply with the municipal code. Code enforcement issues or questions can be referred to Mark Dennis at (925) 931-5620.
Permit Center The permit center is a one-stop permit counter has six counter stations to serve customers and small groups for planning, building, engineering, business and traffic engineering, and fire.
Traffic Engineering The Traffic Engineering Division is responsible for planning and operating the roadways, sidewalks, and bikeways to provide for the safe and efficient movement of people, goods, and services within Pleasanton. The most common requests of Traffic Division staff involve safety, speed, traffic signals, signs and markings, school and neighborhood traffic conditions. The general number is (925) 931-5677.
The Economic Development Department serves Pleasanton's business community by building a robust and amenity-rich environment that supports the city's residential and commercial citizens. Department staff works to attract new companies and assist in retention and expansion of businesses in the community; grow Pleasanton jobs; serve as ombudsmen through the development services process; enhance the city and Tri-Valley region's innovation ecosystem; and implement the City's Economic Development Strategic Plan. For more information, call Pamela Ott, Economic Development Director, at (925) 931-5040. Economic Development also leads the city's participation in Commendable Commutes, a partnership with local employers to help reduce peak hour traffic and air pollution by promoting transportation alternatives. Services include a citywide Guaranteed Ride Home Program, on-site transportation information visits, and the Try Transit Program. All Hacienda businesses with 75 or more employees are eligible to participate in this program. Contact Lisa Adamos, Economic Development Specialist, at (925) 931-5039.
The Engineering Department, which is comprised of the Capital Improvement Section, Development Services Section, and Construction Inspection Services, designs and constructs public facilities and reviews and inspects public improvements constructed by private property development. The general phone number is (925) 931-5650.
The Finance Department is responsible for the safekeeping, management, and accounting of the city's financial assets. The department provides Pleasanton's financial information to the public, the City Council, the City Manager, and other city departments. It also audits revenue sources; processes cash receipts, payroll, and accounts payable; administers assessment districts and other debt; invests city funds; monitors the budget; and coordinates financial audits. The Finance Department, which is divided into Administration, Treasury, and Accounting divisions, can be reached by calling (925) 931-5400. Copies of Pleasanton's Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports, Operating Budget, and other documents are available at www.cityofpleasantonca.gov/gov/depts/finance/.
As an emergency response and community service organization, the goal of the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department is to limit the risk of fire; to limit injury and property damage associated with fire, explosions, hazardous materials incidents, storms or other natural and technological emergencies; to prepare city forces for disaster response; and to better prepare the community for self help in the event of a major disaster. The Fire Department also conducts a number of fire prevention activities for businesses, including new construction and tenant improvement plan check and inspection and annual fire inspections. A commitment to emergency preparedness is another key focus of the department, which provides a wide range of services for the public. Information about how to prepare for various emergencies can be found on the department's website at www.cityofpleasantonca.gov/gov/depts/fire/default.asp. In an emergency, always dial 911. To contact the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department with questions when emergencies aren't present, call (925) 454-2361.
Library and Recreation Department is structured around the shared values of integrity, collaboration, customer service, inclusiveness, and innovation. The department oversees library services; senior services; the City's performing, literary, visual, cultural and public art activities; environmental education; facility rentals; a variety of indoor and outdoor camps, classes, events, sports and aquatics for all ages; as well as cemetery, homeless and paratransit services. Library services offer everything from traditional books and periodicals, e-books, as well as a wide range of programming activities for all ages that include reading time, virtual reality experiences, free legal help, college planning, and English language classes. Library cards are free to anyone who resides in, is employed in, or attends school in California. Temporary visitors to the state can request a shot-term card. For more information, contact the library at (925) 931-3400.
Recreation manages all the City's coordination of sports and aquatic related activities, classes, camps, fields, leagues, and gyms. In addition, this division oversees Pleasanton's Gingerbread pre-school, paratransit, senior programs, and recreation activities for the Recreation Activities for the Developmentally Disabled (RADD), youth and teen services, and environmental education. Civic arts/special events division coordinates all the visual, literary, performing, and fine arts program and community-wide special events such as Ignite, Movies in the Park, and Hometown Holiday Parade.
Located at 3333 Busch Road, the Operations Services Department (OSD) is responsible for maintaining the city's infrastructure as well as many quality of life services. It oversees a variety of areas related to the delivery and maintenance of utilities and public assets, from streets and storm drains to a dependable water supply as well as facility and fleet maintenance. The general contact number is (925) 931-5500.
The latest program from the OSD is the new online resource portal for residents and businesses, "Sustainable Pleasanton" that provides local resources supporting energy and water savings, clean air and water, waste reduction, and more.
The goal of Pleasanton's men and women in blue is to protect and maintain the city's high quality of life and prevent crime. The department is responsible for enhancing overall community safety and safeguarding the rights of individuals. Pleasanton's Police Department is organized into specialized units and teams, staffed by both sworn and civilian personnel to manage calls for service and facilitate problem solving throughout the community.
The department's website, PleasantonPD.org, has a wealth of information on the Pleasanton Police Department's divisions and programs, including crime prevention for businesses, online reporting of minor offenses, youth services, victims rights' and resources, and the citizens academy. You can also sign up for updates via e-mail and text message on issues such as street closures and traffic advisories. For information or non-emergency calls contact the department at (925) 931-5100. The police emergency number is (925) 931-5122.