601 Miami St.
Tiffin, OH


Phone: (419) 448-5430
Emergency After Hours:
Tiffin Police: 419-447-2323
Fax: (419) 448-5436


Monday - Friday : 7:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.


Brandon Burner, PE, PMP

Public Works


The Tiffin Public Works Department is a safe, professional, and proficient organization, trained and equipped to proactively maintain the City’s infrastructure, improve living conditions for residents and visitors, and, as needed, respond to emergencies.


Originally designated as the City of Tiffin Service Department Garage, Tiffin’s Public Works Department was formed in 1953 when Mayor Charles Dedrick appointed Francis Staib as its first Superintendent. Our team of construction and maintenance professionals are charged with caring for our existing sewers, streets, signs and signals, bridges, culverts, and public ways. The Public Works team maintains a small, competent staff with a fleet of equipment to complement the tasks at hand. We take pride in our City and our work, and we encourage residents to stop by our building or call for concerns or questions about our public infrastructure.

Work Request Information

Work orders are executed on a priority basis, and they originate both internally and from our engaged citizens.  If you identify a potential concern, please gather as much information about the issue as you can and give us a call at 419-448-5430.  Outside of our business hours (7a-3p) feel free to leave a message or, for more immediate after-hours concerns, contact the Tiffin Police Desk (419-447-2323).  You may also email us at

Property Improvements in the Right of Way

For residents and property owners planning to conduct work in the City’s Right of Way, approval is needed through the City Engineer.  Our department serves as the Engineer’s designated representative to approve and inspect smaller projects of this nature (e.g. sidewalk replacement, drainage tile installation near the street, etc.).  The City’s ordinances allow for residents to secure a Right of Way (“Street Cut”) Permit through a cash bond for work in the right of way that abuts their own property If you would like to perform this kind of work, please contact our office with your proposed work.  We can process these permits, which are $5.00 for each occurrence with a $250 cash bond (to be returned to the permittee upon satisfactory restoration of the right of way).

Fee Schedule 
Storm Water Management Program 
Chapter 909 of Codified Ordinances

Public Education and Outreach

The objective of the City's Public Education and Outreach program is to distribute education materials and provide educational information through the City's webpage to inform the community about the steps they can take to reduce storm water pollution and the impacts of storm water discharges. The City also informs individuals and groups on how to become involved in the storm water program through public outreach activities.

Asbestos Check Before You Wreck
Drug Free Drains
EPA - Small Lot SWPPP -
Ever Wonder Where It Goes?
It's A Toilet Not A Trashcan!
Stop Sewer Backups
Sustainability Starts At Your Sink
Too Cute to Pollute
Fertilizers and Pesticides
Household Waste
Pet Waste Disposal
Storm Drain Pollution Prevention
Vehicle Oil

Public Participation and Involvement

The City has implemented this Public Involvement/Participation program to actively involve the public in storm water related efforts and development/implementation of the SWMP. Public involvement with the SWMP is expected to result in a better understanding of storm water pollution issues and a broader public support which will provide significant benefits to the City's storm water quality.

Memorandum of Understanding - City of Tiffin and Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Solid Waste District (OSS)

Illicit Discharge

What is an Illicit Discharge?
Any direct or indirect non-storm water discharge to the MS4.

The Illicit Discharge Detection & Elimination (IDDE) program is intended to detect and eliminate illicit discharges from the City's MS4 into the Sandusky River. The City uses a combination of mapping, monitoring, and control measures. Tiffin residents are informed of the hazards of illicit discharges and improper disposal of waste through web-based education about pollution control and storm water management themes. City staff will also be properly informed of the hazards of illicit discharges and improper disposal of waste in municipal operations through the implementation of a Good Housekeeping Program. As part of the SWMP, the City has developed ordinance language to effectively prohibit illicit discharges into the storm sewer system and implement appropriate enforcement procedures and actions. A comprehensive storm sewer map will be updated annually to ensure an accurate representation of the MS4 system is being maintained. Dry weather screening will be performed to detect and address any illicit discharges to the MS4, including discharges from illegal dumping and spills. Mechanisms are currently in place through the Seneca County General Health District for investigating, tracing, and eliminating sources for illicit discharges from household sewage treatment systems. The City coordinates with the Seneca County General Health District to document all illicit discharge efforts the the IDDE program.

To report an Illicit Discharge please contact the City of Tiffin Public Works Department at 419-448-5430 between the hours of 7:00-3:00 or after hours please contact 419-447-2323.

Section 909.14 of the City of Tiffin Codified Ordinances Prohibition of Illicit Discharges
Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Tiffin and Seneca County General Health District


- The Construction Site Runoff Control Program establishes the basis to control storm water runoff from construction activities that result in a land disturbance of 1 or more acres, or less than 1 acre of land as part of a larger development that will ultimately disturb 1 or more acres of land. The City of Tiffin Codified Ordinance Chapter 909 provides compliance requirements for erosion and sediment controls as well as pollution prevention practices at construction sites. The City of Tiffin Storm Water Management Program includes standard operating procedures and associated documents used to establish standards for enforcement of control measures through storm water permitting and enforcement escalation. The Construction Site Runoff Control SOP's include detailed procedures for Construction Site Runoff Control Permit Application review & approval, storm water site inspection, project closeout, and enforcement action and escalation. The application review & approval process is used to ensure storm water BMPs and control measures are compliant with local, state, and federal regulations. The City Engineer also conducts site inspections for each active, permitted construction site on a routine basis or as necessary. If any of the sites are found to be out of compliance, the City Engineer requires remediation and corrective action through warnings, issuance of notice of violations, and stop work orders.
Construction Site Runoff Control Permit Flow Chart 
Construction Site Runoff Control Permit Application Review & Approval 
Site Inspection   
Project Closeout 
Enforcement Action & Escalation  
Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan Checklist 
Construction Site Runoff Control Permit Application 
Construction Site Runoff Control Storm Water Site Inspection Form 
Construction Site Runoff Control Notice of Termination (NOT) Form  
Post-Construction Inspection and Maintenance Agreement for Storm Water BMPs
Fee Schedule

Post Construction Storm Water Management

The Post-Construction Storm Water Management Program was developed to ensure that post-construction storm water best management practices (BMPs) are functioning as designed and permitted. The City of Tiffin requires that all owners of post-construction BMPs submit certified Storm Water BMP As-Builts along with an Inspection and Maintenance (I&M) Agreement to the City Engineer. In addition, the Post-Construction Storm Water Management Program also includes standard operating procedures for long-term inspection and maintenance of permanent storm water facilties. This program includes SOP's and associated documents used to establish and enforce inspection & maintenance standards for post-construction storm water BMPs. The Post-Construction Storm Water Management SOPs include detailed procedures for inspection & maintenance agreements, annual reporting, and enforcement action and escalation. The City is authorized to request and collect facility inspection reports of post-construction storm water BMPs for inclusion into MS4 Annual Reports. In instances where BMPs are not in compliance, the City Engineer is authorized to conduct inspections and require corrective action through issuance of Notice of Violations

Post Construction Storm Water BMPs Annual Facility Report 
Annual Deadline for Submission March 1st

Inspection Checklists

Detention Pond/Wetland
Open Channel
Vegetated Swale/Grass Channel