Public Works


Safe Work Zone

The Public Works Department of the City of Moab oversees the safety of city streets and city-owned sidewalks. This department also keeps a watchful eye on Moab and all its public facilities.

Storm drainage, curbs, sidewalks, gutters, and care of municipally owned buildings falls under the purview of this vital department. Public Works also assists, when needed, the Parks, Recreation and Trails Department with the maintenance and care of the city's 35 acres of developed parks.

New Permit Requirements

The Public Works Department requires an encroachment permit any time there is work and or other operations within the city's rights of way, city property, and public utility easements. Please contact the Public Works Department for information and an application and see the City's Master Fee Schedule for costs. 

Water In Southeastern Utah

The West Colorado River Basin, in which Moab is located, is experiencing drier than normal conditions. This means that water is an especially valuable resource right now.

Although the City of Moab does not plan to implement any immediate water restrictions as other communities have had to do, the city strongly implores city residents to take extra steps to use our precious water wisely. Please monitor your water usage and follow these basic guidelines. Working together, we can keep our water flowing.

Water Wise Tips

It is easy to water your landscape more efficiently:

  • Don't send water down the drain. Adjust sprinklers to water plants, not your driveway, sidewalks, patio, or buildings.
  • Water only when needed. Saturate root zones and let the soil dry. Watering too much and too frequently results in shallow roots, weed growth, disease, and fungus.
  • Water at the best time. Watering during the heat of the day may cause losses of up to 30% due to evaporation. Prevent water loss by watering when the sun is low or down, winds are calm, and temperatures are cool. Typically between the evening and the early morning.
  • Only water your lawn when it needs it. Step on your lawn, if it bounces back it does not need water.
  • Plant drought resistant / tolerant plants and plant less grass.
  • Use mulch; it will help plants retain their moisture.
  • Don't leave water on. Don't use water to "sweep" your driveways or sidewalks.

City of Moab Snow Removal information

Please Wait 24 Hours After a Storm Before Calling

Please wait at least 24 hours after a storm ends to request plow service. Our drivers follow the priority plow route below for safety and efficiency. It's inefficient to pull drivers off the scheduled route to address individual complaints. Thank you for your patience.

 City Street Priority Categories

Priority One: Primary streets, such as arterials and major collectors, that are determined to be the minimum network needed to provide the basic transportation system for public safety, schools, high volume streets, steep grades, etc.

Priority Two: Secondary and residential routes and selected minor collectors, bus routes and residential streets deemed desirable to be maintained as weather permits. Traffic lanes only. Areas that are prone to wind and drifting snow will receive priority.

Priority Three: Remaining city streets, including cul-de-sacs. Traffic lanes only, provided no cars are parked in the roadway.

If another storm hits before all streets have been cleared, the process starts over from the beginning with the priority one streets.

 Note: Please note that it is not the position of Moab City to maintain a bare pavement policy nor to provide snow and ice removal on every city street during or after every snowstorm. Therefore, after periods in which movement of traffic has occurred, snowplows no longer become an option to totally clear snow-packed or icy streets, except to remove loose material on top.

Snow Removal Tips

Public Works offers these suggestions to help keep our sidewalks and gutters clear of snow and ice.

City Snow Removal Policy

Residents and property owners are responsible for clearing sidewalks in front of their properties clear of snow and ice. Learn about those responsibilities here

Snow Removal Street Priorities

See this map to learn how the City prioritizes snow removal.