Public Facility Law and Legal Definition

Generally speaking public facility can be any facility, including, but not limited to, buildings, property, recreation areas, and roads, which are owned, leased, or otherwise operated, or funded by a governmental body or public entity. According to HUD, public facility is a facility owned by a federal or state instrumentality, a municipal corporation instrumentality or one or more states, or a redevelopment housing corporation formed under and restricted by federal or state laws or regulations of the state department such as banking or insurance department as to charges, capital structure, rate of return or methods of operation.

The following are examples of Federal and State (Oregon) Statutes defining Public Facility:

According 42 USCS § 5122, "Public facility" means the following facilities owned by a State or local government:

(A) Any flood control, navigation, irrigation, reclamation, public power, sewage treatment and collection, water supply and distribution, watershed development, or airport facility.

(B) Any non-Federal-aid street, road, or highway.

(C) Any other public building, structure, or system, including those used for educational, recreational, or cultural purposes.

(D) Any park.

According to ORS § 276.265 (e) "Public facility" means the works, buildings and grounds owned, leased or rented by a public agency and which are situated within the State of Oregon, and shall include any such works, buildings or grounds governed, managed or administered by the Oregon Department of Administrative Services. (Financing Construction, Maintenance and Repair)