Public Works

The Department of Public Works directs and controls eight divisions: Motor Vehicle Maintenance, Parking, Park Maintenance, Property Management, Recreation, Streets, Traffic Engineering, and Waste collection and oversees the Public Auditorium, West Side Market, Cleveland Browns stadium, on-street parking, and all City owned off-street parking facilities.

  • 2015 Mayor's Holiday Basket Give-Away

    Clevelanders are invited to help make a difference by volunteering time with the Holiday Basket program. Assistance is needed at the Cleveland Foodbank as well as Zelma George and Michael Zone recreation centers. Volunteers can help pack and deliver baskets. 

  • Street Repair Web Application Shows Street Repair/Resurfacing Progress

    The Department of Public Works and the Mayor’s Office of Capital Projects has launched a new web-based, geographic information system (GIS) application that will allow web users to track the status of street repair and resurfacing.

  • Fall/Winter Edition of Recreation News Published!

    In this issue: flag football's back!, Big City Boo announcement, lifeguard training, hoops, visual and performing arts, pool news including free swimming classes, and more!

  • September and October: Senior & Caregiver Wellness Expos

    The Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging and City of Cleveland Department of Aging are sponsoring free Senior & Caregiver Wellness Expos at Collinwood, Zelma George and Gunning Recreation Centers. Events include lunch, bingo, health screenings, exercise, medicare and benefits info and more.

  • Parade Permit Applications

    Any person or entity planning to hold a parade on the streets of Cleveland must obtain a permit as required by Cleveland Codified Ordinance § 411.05 by completing an application and filing it with the Office of Special Events & Marketing.

  • Bike Rack Service Available Downtown on East 4th

    The service comes complete with parking spaces, personal lockers, and changing/shower facilities at 2148 East 4th. Those needing more information may call 216.771.7120.

About the Department of Public Works

The recent consolidation of the former departments of Public Service and Parks, Recreation & Properties in order to form the Department of Public Works improves service, efficiency, and reduces redundancy through the sharing of equipment and personnel.

This is the City’s 3rd largest department with over 1,100 dedicated employees serving Cleveland.

Public Works is responsible for core services. Annually the department picks up approximately 156,000 tons of waste, uses 70,000 tons of salt for snow, paints over 7,000 crosswalks, and provides over 49,000 vacant property service visits. The department also maintains city parks and parking lots, and provides leisure opportunities to residents.

The department's goals are threefold:

  • Provide consistent, quality service; maintain clean neighborhoods and safe streets and sidewalks for pedestrians, motorists, and visitors.
  • Use a sustainable and proactive approach to provide services and recreational activities in order to maintain quality of life for Cleveland residents and visitors.
  • Operate and maintain clean, accessible, vibrant public space for exploration, relaxation, and exercise, while connecting culturally diverse venues of sports, entertainment, and educational experiences.