Public Works

News & Announcements

City Installs Electric Car Charging Stations

As part of a broader green initiative, the City of Poughkeepsie has installed four electric car charging stations available for public use. Each machine can charge two cars at a time. Two machines are located at the Financial Plaza Parking Deck at 41 Civic Center Plaza; the other two are
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Road Work Notice – Milling Begins on July 18th

Bulk Service Program – May 13-18

Bulk Service Program The Bulk Service Program is an opportunity for City residents who pay the sanitation user fee to drop off household bulk items at the Transfer Station at no cost, some exceptions do apply, please see bulk drop off guidelines. The program is available during regular Transfer Station
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The Public Works Department oversees multiple divisions including:

Parking Water Distribution
Recycling & Sanitation Transfer Station
Sewer Maintenance Urban Tree Division

Administration and Permits Division

The Administration Division provides a Work Center for basic customer complaint service and administers four (4) important permitting programs for Excavating in the Public Right-of-Way, Underground City Utilities Mark-outs, Temporary Dumpster Placements, and Temporary Sidewalk or Street Closures.

Work Center

The Work Center handles most incoming calls, logging almost 2,000 service requests from the public each year.  These requests for service are directed to any one of the Public Works Divisions or Subdivisions:  Water, Sewer, Storm, City Electric, Buildings and Grounds, Urban Trees, Street Maintenance, Sign Shop, Sanitation, and Enforcement. The Work Center also coordinates emergency requests for city underground utilities mark-outs during regular working hours.

Administration and Permits

Excavation Permit:
Provides permission to excavate in the public right-of way; commonly called a street opening. Doing work on city property requires proof of liability and workers compensation insurance.  The fee for a street opening depends on the age of the pavement and requires a security deposit. (Note: this also requires a permit from the Dept of Building, Planning & Zoning.)

Utility Mark-outs:
Notifications of upcoming excavations in the city are transmitted to the Department of Public Works via the Underground Facilities Protection Organization (UFPO).  The department requires the UFPO No. on the Excavation Permit Application.

Dumpster Permit:
Provides permission for a homeowner or resident to temporarily place a dumpster on a city street or sidewalk.  The application and permit fee is $50.

Sidewalk or Street Closure Permit:
Provides permission for a homeowner or resident to temporarily block a city street or sidewalk.  The application and permit fee is $100.