Department Directory

Public Works is made up of many different specialized divisions and services.  Check the links below for a more detailed description of what makes up Public Works.
  • Administration

    The Administration Division includes Human Resources, MIS, Budget, Payroll and Public Relations.

  • Cambridge Cemetery

    The Cemetery Division provides complete burial services and genealogical information.

  • Engineering

    The Engineering Division oversees the design and construction of City infrastructure and manages records related to this infrastructure.

  • Parks

    Park Maintenance provides safe, clean, attractive, and public open spaces for the community.

  • Composting, Recycling, Trash

    Waste services include curbside collection of trash, recycling, compost, and yard waste. Other services include a Recycling Center, bulky waste recycling, composting, and several hazardous waste collections.

  • Rodent Control

    The city of Cambridge is committed to confronting the problem of rodent control.

  • Snow

    Public Works clears snow and ice from all 125 miles of public streets in Cambridge, as well as from 23 miles of public sidewalk. The Department also enforces the City's sidewalk snow and ice removal ordinance.

  • Sewer Maintenance

    The Sewer Division maintains and repairs the city’s sanitary, combined and stormwater systems.

  • Special Events

    A brief description of the special event policy and procedure.

  • Stormwater Management

    Learn about what the City is doing and what you can do to help improve and protect local waterways.

  • Street Cleaning

    The Street Cleaning Division is responsible for maintaining clean public streets through sweeping, litter pickup, and graffiti removal.

  • Streets/Sidewalk Maintenance

    Streets and Sidewalk Maintenance Division maintains public streets, sidewalks, curbs and sewers.

  • Ticketing & Enforcement

    A brief description of all ordinances governed and implemented by Public Works.

  • Urban Forestry

    Urban Forestry enhances city life by providing tree care and planting on streets, in parks, and around public buildings.

  • Leaf Blowing

    Learn about regulations that apply to the use of leaf blowers in Cambridge.

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Dept of Public Works

147 Hampshire St
Cambridge MA 02139


Hours of Service

Monday: 8:30am-8:00pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30am-5:00pm
Friday: 8:30am-12 noon
24 Hour emergency 617.349.4860


Tuesday & Thursday: 4:00pm-7:30pm
Saturday: 9:00am-4:00pm

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