With a few exceptions, the City of Bishop Department of Public Works performs all public works and most planning functions for the city including water, sewer, streets, building permitting and inspection, management, and planning staff functions.

Public Works is staffed with 10 full time employees and one part time office employee. Public Works employees are well respected by citizens, other agencies, and private businesses for their work ethics, knowledge, and abilities.

Public Works manages six program budgets, co-manages one program budget, and manages about 20 project budgets. Two of the program budgets are enterprise funds – the water and sewer programs – and the remaining program budgets are essentially part of the city's General Fund. Enterprise funds are funds that by law can only be used for the purpose they were collected. For instance, water fees can only be used for water purposes. The project budgets are typically street projects funded or reimbursed from outside sources such as State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) funds.

The annual water and sewer budgets are about $1 million each including capital improvements. The annual General Funds budgets together total about $600,000. The project budgets within any one year together total between $1 and $3 million depending on the projects active at a particular time. Most projects are multi year and the sum of the total of projects in all the fiscal years is between $5 and $10 million.

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Public Works Department State of the City 2012

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Celebrating the joy of life with special events. Be Wed. Be Wowed. Be Generously Welcomed! The Bishop City Park is the perfect location for your special wedding in Bishop, California. The City of Bishop will provide you with an extraordinary venue for you and your guests.

Outdoor Ceremony Area: Yes
Outdoor Reception Area: Yes
On the Pond: Yes
Tented Area: Not Provided
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes (except for Gazebo on Pond)
Outside Caterers Allowed: Yes (No Alcohol)
Onsite Overnight Accommodations: No
Onsite Parking: Yes
Valet Parking: No
Site Fee: Yes ($100 plus $50 refundable cleaning deposit)

CAPACITY: Up to 30 on Pond Gazebo, 150 Otherwise
STYLES: Outdoor Wedding in the Eastern Sierra

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The City of Bishop, California, has a population of about 4,000 but with an average daily service population exceeding 25,000. Over one million vehicles travel through Bishop each month.

Bishop is situated in the great Owens Valley and at the base of two large mountain ranges. To the west is the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range and to the east are the White Mountains, each range having peaks soaring over 14,000 feet and oftentimes maintaining snow all year long.

State Highway 395 bisects Bishop. Roughly 40 minutes northbound is the town of Mammoth Lakes and the Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort. Continuing an additional two or so hours north is Reno, NV. Alternatively, heading southbound from Bishop for about two hours, travelers can begin anticipating entry into the Death Valley National Park. Bypassing this fascinating area, travelers can head toward Las Vegas, NV, or Southern California reaching either area in less than five hours.

The Bishop Police Department traces its roots back to 1903, shortly after the city incorporated. The Police Department currently employs 12 fully sworn Police Officers, 2 level I Reserve Officers, 3 level II Reserve Officers, 1 civilian Support Services Manager, 5 dispatchers, 1 Evidence Tech/PIO, 5 crossing guards, and 1 front office clerk.

The Bishop Police Department staff works in partnership with the community to protect lives, property, and the quality of life. Success is realized by the continued low crime rate and approval of the community at large.

Please see the Chief's Message for additional information.

Watch these videos to get a feel for beautiful Bishop and the Eastern Sierra:
City of Bishop Introduction
Opportunity in Bishop

Bishop Named One of the Healthiest Small Towns in America
Reasons to Love Bishop
25 Best Towns of 2017

The City of Bishop is a small city in the spectacular Eastern Sierra region of California. The Eastern Sierra region is about the middle of the state along its eastern border with Nevada and about halfway between Yosemite and Death Valley National Parks. Bishop – originally called Bishop Creek – is located on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada along the banks of the creek that is its namesake. Bishop sits at an elevation of about 4,100 feet while just a few miles away in either direction peaks tower to 14,000 feet, giving Bishop a truly spectacular setting. Bishop is a small city with a big back yard!

Bishop's setting is an irresistible draw to outdoor enthusiasts, artists, and businesses alike. Bishop is world famous for its scenery, hiking, fishing, climbing, hunting, bakeries, and for its mules. Every Memorial Day Bishop hosts Mule Days complete with the worlds largest non-motorized parade down Main Street.

Although it is a small city, Bishop and its surrounding area is the primary commercial and population hub in the region and the only incorporated city in Inyo County. Primary industries include tourism and recreation, government, and related support services. On a busy day, the City of Bishop will attract in excess of 30,000 visitors for various events and recreation. Mining, agriculture, and Native American heritage are also important to making Bishop what it is.

Although Bishop's modern economy thrives, it is unique among desirable small communities because it stays much like it has for decades – a great place to visit, to live, and to work.

The City of Bishop covers slightly less than two square miles and is governed by a five member City Council, including a mayor and mayor pro-tem. It accomplishes its duties through five main departments: police, fire, administration, community services, and public works.

Bishop welcomes citizen inquiry and involvement in all city activities. It strives to encourage this inquiry and involvement through this web site.


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Free WiFi

Free High Speed Internet available and Fitness Center.

Free Hot Breakfast

Start your day off right with our Free Hot Breakfast Buffer


Free Parking Buses and RV's are Welcome

Business Center and Meeting Place

Buisness Center with Printer, Faxing, and Copying. Small Meeting Area available.

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