Public Services

Duties of the Department
The Department of Public Services helps keep the City of Portland moving each day with many areas of responsibility. We collect your garbage and recycling, clear your streets of ice and snow in the winter, help maintain the city's sewer system, build your sidewalks, manage the city's traffic lights and street signage, issue permits for public parks and spaces, and the list goes on.
  1. Traffic Advisory for High & Spring Streets

    Maine DOT will be excavating in the intersection of High Street at Spring Street until September 1. East bound traffic on Spring St is being detoured onto Park St. Motorists are encouraged to seek alternate routes, if possible. Read on...
  2. Want a Stormwater Service Charge Credit? Apply Now!

    In advance of the new stormwater service charge ordinance, which goes into effect on January 1, citizens can now start requesting stormwater credits via an application process. The City is beginning a soft launch of reviewing and accepting the credits... Read on...
  3. City Rolls Out New Purple Trash Bags Beginning July 5

    The City of Portland is getting ready to roll out new purple pay-as-you-throw trash bags, which will be available at local retailers beginning July 5th. The new trash bag rate will be $1.35 per 15 gallon bag or $2.70 per 30 gallon bag. Read on...
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