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Department Divisions
The City of Federal Way Public Works Department is managed by the Administrative Division and organized into six additional divisions.
  • Operations and Maintenance: Provides operations and maintenance of the city streets, and storm drainage infrastructure. Responsible for the maintenance of all non-police City vehicles and equipment.
  • Engineering: Administer the planning, design, and construction of major and minor city improvement projects.
  • Development Services: Reviews all engineering plans for residential and commercial development projects, as well as manages Franchise Utility Agreements and right-of-way permits and construction.
  • Environmental Services: Provides outreach and assistance with Solid Waste and Recycling services and options, and manages the utility and hauler contract. In addition, Surface Water Management works to keep our waterways clean and our community safe by managing stormwater runoff. Also provides education about our waterways and responds to issues if enforcement is needed.
  • Traffic: Provides transportation planning, traffic operation improvements, and neighborhood traffic services.
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New Development Guidelines
The following are development guideline updates that go into immediate effect in between formal Development Guideline revisions.
Equal Opportunity - Title VI
The City of Federal Way proudly strives to provide equal opportunity for all. As part of this effort, the City has an adopted Title VI Plan and completes a Title VI Annual Report. See links below.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
The Public Works Department has developed an "ADA Transition Plan" to evaluate pedestrian infrastructure and develop prioritized plan to upgrade to current ADA Standards.



EJ Walsh, P.E.
Public Works Director

Desiree Winkler, P.E.
Deputy Public Works Director

Administrative Team



33325 8th Avenue South
Federal Way, WA 98003

Office: (253) 835-2700
Fax: (253) 835-2709

After Hours Emergency: 1-800-400-0749

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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For water or sewer problems, contact:

Lakehaven Water and Sewer District, at (253) 941-1516

To report a gas odor, or a power outage, contact:

Puget Sound Energy, at (888) 225-5773

To report trees near a powerline or fallen on a powerline, needing to be trimmed:

Puget Sound Energy, at (888) 225-5773