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Bureau of Engineering

Mission Statement:

The Bureau of Engineering provides quality professional engineering design and inspection capabilities for all City sponsored infrastructure including, but not limited to sanitary sewer, storm drainage portable water, streets, and bridges, as well as all transportation related and environmental projects. The Engineering department handles everything in the public right-of-way; it does not handle issues on private property.

COVID-Related Information

Our office is open to the public for your permit needs or any other concerns you may have relating to the Bureau of Engineering. You are not required to wear a mask. Social distancing is encouraged while at our counter area. If you prefer, you may also apply for permits via email as shown below.

Encroachment Permits & Cross Over Applications continue to be processed and issued. If you are unable to apply in-person, you may submit your applications or questions via email at; you will be emailed with further instructions upon approval.

Emergency Excavation Permits continue to be processed. If you are unable to apply in-person, please email with the Business name and phone number, property address with owners name, size of the open cut and a PA ONE call number. You will receive further instructions via email.

Please go to the permits and applications tab and print all forms for curb and sidewalk permits.

Any complaints or other questions please dial 610-437-7576, Ext. 2260 and leave a message; we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Our mailing address is:

  • Engineering Department
    641 S. 10th St. - 3rd Floor
    Allentown, PA 18103

*  Engineering office hours: Monday - Friday, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm.

*  Please view our safety notice on how the Bureaus of Engineering and Traffic Planning and Control are prepared to comply with Governor Wolf's directive for the resumption of Construction with limitations within the State of Pennsylvania.

(information updated 11/09/2021)



Contact Information

Mark Shahda
Director of Public Works

David Petrik
Deputy Director of Public Works

Jeb Bortz
Associate Utility Engineer

Brian L. Borzak
Chief Surveyor

Gabrielle Heiney
Public Works Operations Manager
Fax: 610-437-8732

Suzanne Dobel
Public Works Project Manager

Kyle Sergent 
Public Works Project Manager

Meghan Wells
Office Manager