City and Government

The City of Placerville is centrally located between Sacramento, the State Capital, and South Lake Tahoe, world-famous recreation center. Situated above the fog line and below the snow line, Placerville boasts an ideal climate with four distinct seasons. Accessibility to Placerville is via State Highway 49 and U.S. Highway 50, along one of the most traveled corridors in California. Placerville's treasured heritage is reflected in the historical, nineteenth century architecture of it's downtown core. In addition, Placerville is the County seat and the center of financial, commercial, civic, and Government activity.

Mayor and City Council

The City of Placerville operates under the Council-Manager form of municipal government. Councilmembers are elected at large for four-year terms of office. Two and three Councilmembers will be elected alternately at the general municipal election in November of even-numbered years. The Council elects the Mayor, who serves a one-year term.

The City Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Special meetings and workshops are scheduled as needed. Meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. in Town Hall, 549 Main Street.

Agendas are posted in the front window at City Hall on Fridays. Agendas, as well as supporting materials, are available on this website.

Placerville residents are encouraged to attend City Council meetings. Residents who wish to address the Council are encouraged to do so according to the guidelines in the agenda.

Council meetings may be viewed on Comcast Cable 2, the government access channel. The meetings are rebroadcast on weekends.

You may address correspondence to Placerville City Councilmembers as follows:

Placerville City Council
(or individual Councilmember's name)
City Clerk Department
3101 Center Street
Placerville, CA 95667

Commissions and Committees

Committee, Commission and Board Policy Manual

Community Pride

The Community Pride Committee's goal is to further improve the grace and charm of our great City. The Committee is made up of ten community members appointed by the City Council.

Planning Commission

The Planning Commission's primary functions are to supervise the Placerville Zoning Ordinance; a dopt rules and procedures necessary or convenient for the filing of use permits, variances and site plans; act upon all applications for use permits, variances and site plans; make recommendations to the Council upon amendments to zone changes or to changes to the provisions of this Ordinance.

Recreation and Parks Commission

The City of Placerville Recreation & Parks Commission is a six (6) member commission made up of five (5) community members at large appointed by the Placerville City Council and one (1) student representative from El Dorado High School. The Recreation & Parks Commission acts in an advisory capacity to the Placerville City Council and the Director of Recreation and Parks in all matters pertaining to parks and public recreation as the city works to deliver quality parks and leisure services to the community.

Historical Advisory Committee

The Historical Advisory Committee's major function is the preservation of historic resources, including buildings, structures, objects, monuments and markers as our legacy to future generations.


The Finance Department manages all the City's financial and investment activities in a manner that is consistent with prudent, sound, and useful accounting practices and legal requirements.

The department is comprised of the following three divisions:

  • Business License Tax
  • Financial Management
  • Utilities

The Finance Department is located at the following address:

City Hall
1 st Floor
3101 Center Street
Placerville , CA 95667

You can reach us at:

Business License Tax:530.642.5223

Financial Management:530.642.5223

Utilities: 530.642.5225


Dave Warren, Director of Finance

P. 530.642.5223


City Manager's office is committed to the Placerville Community in providing outstanding management of the City's overall operations including implementing the City Council's policies, develop ing and maintain ing responsive City programs and services within the approved budgetary guidelines, provid ing leadership and motivation to City staff, plan ning for a fiscally-sound future, and initiat ing and nurturing strong relationships with local and regional businesses and governmental agencies.

The City Attorney is the City's general legal counsel and is responsible for advising the Mayor and City Council in all legal matters pertaining to the City. The City Attorney's office is committed to providing outstanding legal litigation services.

The primary function of the Human Resources Division is to attract, retain, promote, and reward dedicated, professional staff members who will make every effort to ensure optimum customer-oriented services to the citizens of Placerville and to its many visitors.

The Information Technology Division is responsible for ensuring the integrity of all City computer systems. Our Division continually seeks out the most efficient ways to collect, process, store, and distribute all information via the City's computer network.

Development Services Department

The Development Services Department, formerly known as Community Development & Engineering, consists of four divisions: Planning, Building, Engineering and Economic Development. The Department's responsibilities include:

  • Developing and maintaining current the City's General Plan and Housing Element
  • Conducting public hearings on land use proposals
  • Construction plan reviews
  • Issuance of building permits
  • Correcting Housing Code violations
  • Nuisance abatement
  • To seek and obtain grant funding from numerous Federal and State agencies for community programs
  • Issurance of Encroachmnet Permits
  • Issurance of Transportation Permits
  • Issurance of Water / Sewer / Irrigation Meter Permits
  • Address / Street name changes
  • Pavement management
  • Capital Improvement Projects
  • Hangtown Creek Reclamation Facility Management

Development is located at:

City Hall
Second Floor - Building, Planning & Economic Development
3101 Center Street
Placerville, CA 95667

City Hall
Third Floor - Building, Planning & Economic Development
3101 Center Street
Placerville, CA 95667

Recreation and Parks

The City's Recreation & Parks Department operates out of the Town Hall Building at 549 Main Street. The department's responsibilities include:

  • Planning and carrying out recreational opportunities for all segments of the community;
  • Maintenance, operation and development of parkland and open space;
  • Maintenance of City facilities.

These functions are delivered with a staff of 11 permanent employees. The department also relies heavily upon community resources to meet its responsibilities. Hundreds of volunteers and part-time employees are annually enlisted to deliver the vast services of the department. A description of all programs and services are delivered to the community through a community-wide brochure and on the Recreation and Parks web site three (3) times annually.

The Recreation & Parks Department is truly community service orientated, and its programs and services are directed by the needs of the community. The department receives guidance from the Recreation & Parks Commission, a commission linking the community to department needs and issues.

For more information please contact Recreation and Parks at (530) 642-5232. Monday through Thursday 8am to 5:30 pm., closed Friday.


The Placerville Police Department is "Dedicated to a partnership between community and the police in a collective effort to improve the quality of life and to promote a safer community". We strive to achieve this through our many different programs, and it would not be possible without our dedicated and professional employees.

Placerville Police Department strives to provide professional service to the community and partner with it to maintain a high quality of life. We use the latest police practices and guidelines to effectively serve the local community. Our personnel participates in community outreach. We are active in community meetings such as; New Morning, Boys and Girls Club, Elder Protection Unit, Parent Project, School Attendance Review Board, Crisis Intervention Team, Skate Park, Domestic Violence Council, Child Abuse Prevention Council, and many more. We have officers who volunteer as coaches, and board members of various volunteer organizations.

If you have had recent contact with a member of our department, we would like to hear about it. Please complete our " Praise an Officer " form and let us know.

Placerville Police Department
730 Main Street
Placerville, CA 95667

9-1-1 Emergency
(530) 642-5210 Business Office
(530) 642-5280 Emergency
(530) 642-5298 Non Emergency
(530) 642-5258 Fax

email us

Please note that due to continued financial constraints, most City employees will be taking their unpaid mandatory time off
on Fridays and as a result,
effective September 7, 2010 City offices will be closed Fridays.
City offices will be open Monday through Thursday 8:00am to 5:30pm

Public Works

The Public Works Department manages the general operations and maintenance of the City's streets, parking lots, water acquisition and delivery system, wastewater treatment plant and collection system, storm drainage system that are consistent with sound practices and legal requirements and that are applicable to the long-term and current needs and interests of the City.

The Department is composed of the following divisions:

  • Streets and Roads
  • Water and Sewer Lines
  • Downtown Parking
  • Water protection

For general information regarding the Public Works Department, please see the additional links located to the left or contact us at:

Town Hall
549 Main Street
Placerville , CA 95667





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