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City of Cambridge

Departments

  • 22-CityView

    454 Broadway

    617-349-4296

    22-CityView is responsible for the television and audio production needs related to programming on the City of Cambridge Municipal Channel.

  • Animal Commission

    344 Broadway, 1st Floor

    617-349-4376

    The Cambridge Animal Commission facilitates programs for animal control and welfare in the city.

  • Assessing

    795 Massachusetts Ave., 2nd Floor

    617-349-4343

    The Assessing Department manages commercial/industrial and residential property values and maintains an extensive database of property information. In addition, the Assessing Department manages personal property (business) values and motor vehicle excise tax.

  • Auditing

    795 Massachusetts Ave.

    617-349-4240

    The City Auditor provides independent, timely oversight of the City’s finances and operations and ensures the City’s programs are being executed legally, efficiently, and effectively. The Auditing Department is part of the Finance Department.

  • Budget

    795 Massachusetts Ave., 1st Floor

    617-349-4220

    The Budget Office’s primary responsibility is the preparation of the annual Operating and Capital budgets for submission by the City Manager to the City Council.

  • Cambridge Arts

    344 Broadway, 2nd Floor

    617-349-4380

    The Cambridge Arts Council funds, promotes, and presents high-quality, community-based arts programming for the benefit of artists, residents, and visitors.

  • Cambridge Fire

    491 Broadway

    617-349-4900

    The Cambridge Fire Department is to protect the lives and property of the people of Cambridge from fires, natural and man-made disasters, and hazardous materials incidents. The Department also provides emergency medical services and fire prevention services.

  • Cambridge Police

    125 Sixth St.

    617-349-3300

    The Cambridge Police Department (CPD) is committed to providing the highest level of professional police service while respecting the constitutional rights of every person living in or visiting the City of Cambridge.

  • Cambridge Public Library

    449 Broadway

    617-349-4032

    The Cambridge Public Library (CPL) is a dynamic, community-oriented system providing excellent services, collections and programs to all members of the community.

  • Cambridge Retirement System

    100 CambridgePark Drive, Suite 101

    617-868-3401

    The Cambridge Retirement System (CRS) is one of 106 contributory retirement systems in Massachusetts and is governed by a five member board.

  • City Clerk's Office

    795 Massachusetts Ave., 1st Floor

    617-349-4260

    The City Clerk is the official record keeper for the City of Cambridge. Records kept by the Office of the City Clerk include vital statistics (including birth, marriage, domestic partnerships and death) and business and professional certificates.

  • City Council

    795 Massachusetts Ave., 2nd Floor

    617-349-4280

    The City Council, the policy setting arm of the City, derives its powers from the City Charter and the laws and Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

  • City Manager's Office

    795 Massachusetts Ave., 1st Floor

    617-349-4300

    The City Manager is responsible for providing leadership to and administration of all City departments and services, recommends policies and programs to the City Council, and implements Council legislation.

  • Commission for Persons with Disabilities

    51 Inman St., 2nd Floor

    617-349-4692

    The Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities (CCPD) works to reduce and eliminate the barriers that people with disabilities experience in our community.

  • Community Development

    344 Broadway

    617-349-4600

    The Community Development Department (CDD) guides planning and future growth in a manner that best supports the overall health, sustainability and diversity of the city.

  • Consumers' Council

    831 Massachusetts Ave., 1st Floor

    617-349-6150

    The Consumers’ Council provides resources, support and influence on consumer matters, including advisories relating to fraud and scams.

  • Election Commission

    51 Inman St., 1st Floor

    617-349-4361

    The Election Commission is responsible for managing and supervising elections and the annual census in the City. The Election Commission also manages municipal campaign finance reporting and administers and enforces the City’s Ethics Ordinance.

  • Electrical

    250 Fresh Pond Pkwy., 1st Floor

    617-349-4925

    The Electrical Department oversees street and park lighting, the City’s Fire Alarm System, and City fiber cable network.

  • Emergency Communications

    125 Sixth St.

    617-349-3300

    The Emergency Communications Department operates the City’s Combined Emergency Communications and 911 Center (ECC) located at the Robert W. Healy Public Safety Facility.

  • Equity & Inclusion

    795 Massachusetts Ave.

    617-349-4331

    The Department of Equity & Inclusion upholds and reaffirms the City’s position and commitment to equal employment opportunity, and assists in creating and maintaining an inclusive workforce that is free from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.

  • Finance

    795 Massachusetts Ave., 1st Floor

    617-349-4220

    The Finance Department is responsible for the City's operating and capital finances, and fort processing payments for real estate and personal property taxes, municipal lien certificates, motor vehicle excise tax, and water bills.

  • Historical Commission

    831 Massachusetts Ave., 2nd Floor

    617-349-4683

    The Cambridge Historical Commission (CHC) is the city's historic preservation agency and seeks to preserve the integrity and diversity of Cambridge's built environment and to disseminate information about its history.

  • Human Rights Commission

    51 Inman St., 2nd Floor

    617-349-4396

    The Cambridge Human Rights Commission (CHRC) was established in 1984 to protect the civil rights of residents and visitors to the city.

  • Human Service Programs

    51 Inman St.

    617-349-6200

    The Department of Human Service Programs (DHSP) provides a wide range of services and programs that touch almost every sector in the city: from newborns to senior citizens, from school-aged children to homeless families, from non-profit organizations to local employers.

  • Information Technology

    831 Massachusetts Ave., 2nd Floor

    617-349-4140

    The Information Technology Department (ITD) provides centralized technology services to support municipal operations, the Cambridge Open Data Program, The Geographical Information System, and the City websites.

  • Inspectional Services

    831 Massachusetts Ave., 1st Floor

    617-349-6100

    The Inspectional Services Department (ISD) is responsible for the enforcement all laws and related City ordinances that pertain to the Massachusetts State Building Code and certain articles of the State Sanitary Code. ISD also enforces the Zoning Ordinance.

  • Law

    795 Massachusetts Ave., 3rd Floor

    617-349-4121

    The Law Department is responsible for providing legal representation and advice to the City and its officials in numerous areas of law.

  • LGBTQ+ Commission

    795 Massachusetts Ave.

    617-349-3355

    The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Plus (LGBTQ+) Commission’s mission is to advocate for a culture of respect and to monitor progress toward equality of all persons with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity.

  • License

    831 Massachusetts Ave., 1st Floor

    617-349-6140

    The Cambridge License Commission is responsible for issuing numerous licenses/permits and enforcing rules, regulations, local ordinances and state laws. It also houses the Pole and Conduit Commission and enforces the Noise Ordinance.

  • Mayor's Office

    795 Massachusetts Ave., 2nd Floor

    617-349-4321

    The Mayor serves as the Chairperson for both the City Council and the School Committee. As the official leader of the City, the Mayor fulfills political, ceremonial and community leadership functions on behalf of the City and serves as the City’s official receiver for visiting dignitaries and distinguished visitors.

  • Peace Commission

    51 Inman St., 2nd Floor

    617-349-4694

    The Cambridge Peace Commission promotes peace and social justice within Cambridge and in the wider world. It also supports Cambridge’s Sister City relationships.

  • Personnel

    795 Massachusetts Ave., 3rd Floor

    617-349-4332

    The Personnel Department is responsible for overseeing the hiring new employees and a variety of functions in support of current City employees and retirees.

  • Police Review & Advisory Board

    51 Inman St., 2nd Floor

    617-349-6155

    The primary function of Police Review & Advisory Board (PRAB) is to review Police Department policies, practices and procedures, and to investigate and adjudicate complaints brought by individuals against the Police Department or other police officers.

  • Public Health Department

    119 Windsor St., Ground Level

    617-665-3800

    The mission of the Cambridge Public Health Department is to improve the quality of life for all who live, learn, work, and play in the city by preventing illness and injury; encouraging healthy behaviors; and ensuring safe and healthy environments.

  • Public Schools

    159 Thorndike St.

    617-349-6400

    The Cambridge Public Schools (CPS) are committed to the twin goals of academic excellence and social justice for all students.

  • Public Works

    147 Hampshire St.

    617-349-4800

    The Cambridge Department of Public Works (DPW), provides dependable, high quality service maintaining, improving and expanding a safe, healthy, attractive, and inviting physical environment.

  • Purchasing

    795 Massachusetts Ave., 3rd Floor

    617-349-4310

    The Purchasing Office is responsible for implementation and administration of the City’s centralized procurement processes.

  • Traffic, Parking, and Transportation

    344 Broadway

    617-349-4700

    The Traffic, Parking and Transportation Department (TP&T) oversees public parking and traffic operations, including the Resident Permit Program.

  • Veterans Services

    51 Inman St., 2nd Floor

    617-349-4760

    The Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS) serves as an advocate for all Cambridge veterans and their dependents.

  • Water Department

    250 Fresh Pond Pkwy.

    617-349-4770

    The Cambridge Water Department (CWD) is a municipally owned and operated water utility, responsible for the treatment and delivery of water to the residents of Cambridge.

  • Weights and Measures

    831 Massachusetts Ave., Basement

    617-349-6133

    The Department of Weights and Measures enforces all laws, ordinances and regulations relating to the accuracy of weight and measuring devices used by local businesses.

  • Women's Commission

    51 Inman St.

    617-349-4697

    The Cambridge Commission on the Status of Women works in an inclusive manner to promote equality and justice for women and girls and advocates on their behalf.

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