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Department of Public Works

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The Department of Public Works (DPW) provides municipal services in two distinct program areas: environmental services/solid waste management and parking enforcement. Both contribute to making District streets and public spaces clean, safe, attractive and accessible.

DPW's Solid Waste Management Administration performs a number of daily operations including trash and recycling collection, disposing of trash collected in the District, sanitation education and enforcement, graffiti removal, public littercan service, fall leaf collection, snow and ice removal and street and alley cleaning. Additionally, SWMA actively supports neighborhood clean-ups.

DPW's Parking Enforcement Management Administration is responsible for enforcing the District's on-street parking laws. Approximately 200 parking officers monitor 17,000 metered spaces and 3,500 blocks of residential zoned parking. In addition to routine enforcement, the Parking Enforcement Management Administration is charged with booting and towing operations, removing abandoned vehicles from public and private property and with impounding those vehicles.

Behind the scenes, DPW's Fleet Management Administration supports municipal operations by procuring, fueling and maintaining thousands of District government vehicles, from sedans to heavy equipment. Fleet Management is also responsible for purchasing environmentally friendly, alternative-fuel vehicles (AFV) for the city. DC leads the region with over 250 AFVs in its fleet.

The mission of the Department of Public Works (DPW) is to provide environmentally healthy municipal services that are both ecologically sound and cost effective.

Top Services

  • Trash, bulk, recycling, leaf and holiday tree collections
  • Street and alley cleaning
  • Parking enforcement
  • Fleet management

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