Neighborhood Utility Undergrounding

The City of Laguna Beach supports neighborhood groups that wish to underground overhead utilities. The reasons for pursuing these projects include view enhancement, safety, improved neighborhood aesthetics, and utility modernization.

Utility Undergrounding Processes

There are generally three methods to accomplish an undergrounding project:

  1. Property owners work directly with the utility companies to accomplish the undergrounding privately.
  2. Property owners petition the City to form an Assessment District.
  3. The City collaborates with the utility companies to underground overhead facilities at locations with a public benefit and funded through annually allocated credits provided by the utility company.

Each method listed above provides a mechanism for financing and constructing the underground improvements.  Utility undergrounding is a lengthy process and can take four to six years to complete depending on the number of projects currently in progress, the availability and cooperation of the utility companies, and the level of cooperation from participating residents.

For information of the Utility Undergrounding processes, click here. 

For information about Evacuation Route Utility Undergrounding, click here.

For more information on Assessment Districts, contact the Public Works Department at (949) 497-0711; or Pierre Sawaya, Undergrounding Project Manager at (949) 497-0751 or psawaya@lagunabeachcity.net.