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. City Announces New Blue Trash Bag Amnesty Policy

    The Portland City Council approved a new amnesty policy for blue trash bags at its meeting last night. Citizens can continue to use them until they no longer have any. Previously, the blue trash bags were only to be accepted through October 4, 2015. Read on...
  2. Visiting Portland's Parks? Say Hi to the New Year-Round Park Ranger!

    The City’s new full-time, year-round park ranger is now on patrol providing public outreach and education, as well as ordinance enforcement, to citizens who utilize Portland’s plethora of parks. Paige Button began her work as Park Ranger on August 24. Read on...
  3. 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...
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