The Engineering Division is open for walk-in customers beginning June 1, 2021. Keep in mind, though, that you have several other options that do not require a trip to City Hall. Most importantly, you can reach us by telephone. Engineering’s main phone number is (218)730-5200 and it is staffed during Engineering’s regular business hours Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 4:30 PM. Another option is by using our online permitting system, which is required for many of our Engineering permits (excavation, obstruction, transportation, etc). If you need help setting up an account or assistance with the permit system, please call Engineering’s main phone number (218-730-5200). You may also email us at This email address is checked regularly and we respond promptly to all emails received. We are able to send maps, copies of documents, correspondence, and many other items via email.

Finally, If you need public works emergency response, please contact our 24-hour emergency numbers for natural gas (730-4100) or streets/water/sewer (730-4000).

The Engineering Division (Engineering) is part of the Public Works and Utilities Department in the City of Duluth. Engineering is responsible for overseeing design and construction of public projects located in and affecting the public right-of-way, including streets, bridges, driveway and alley access, traffic signals, and utility infrastructure.

Engineering establishes and ensures that design standards and construction specifications are observed. Engineering has a responsibility to the public at large to create and maintain a consistent and reliable utility and transportation system. This system is planned, designed, and constructed according to the latest design standards and Engineering ensures the infrastructure is constructed to the highest and most current standards.

Additionally, Engineering issues a variety of permits that affect the public infrastructure such as excavation in City right-of-way, driveway aprons, street and sidewalk obstruction, over-sized loads, new culverts, and sanitary sewer, water and gas main extensions and connections. The Construction Services & Inspections Division administers permits related to work performed on private property.

The Engineering Division is comprised of three sections: City Engineering, Transportation Engineering, and Utility Engineering. A Chief Engineer who has a staff of Senior Engineers, Project Engineers, Engineering Specialists, Engineering Technicians, GIS Technicians, Information Technicians, and/or operational personnel manages each section.

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