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. 

  • Winter Weather Preparations for Vehicles

    Dan Williams, Director of Media Relations with the Mayor's Office of Communications has a message for all drivers to make sure vehicles are prepared for winter weather. Following these tips can help make Clevelanders safer and make driving through snow and ice less treacherous this season.

  • City of Cleveland Introduces 2015-16 Winter Weather Plan

    As the winter season rapidly approaches, the City of Cleveland released details from its 2015-16 winter weather plan that addressed aging fleet conditions and outlined proactive measures in place ahead of any major snow fall event. In addition to providing information on the plan, the city displayed 14 newly purchased snow removal vehicles that will be introduced into this year’s fleet.

  • 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.