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Department of Public Works

Steven A. Walsh, P.E., Director
County Office Building
111 West Chesapeake Avenue, Suite 307
Towson, Maryland 21204

Phone: 410-887-3300
Fax: 410-887-3406

Metropolitan District Financing and Petitions – Computes, processes and bills Metropolitan charges.

Flood Insurance Map Information, Basic Services Maps, and Master Plan Amendments have moved to the Bureau of Engineering and Construction.


  • Utilities – For sewer emergencies - call 410-887-7415.
    • Maintains and repairs sanitary sewer pipeline; sewage pumping stations
    • Administers Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) program
    • Permitting and monitoring of industrial and commercial wastewater discharge
  • Highways and Equipment Maintenance
    • Performs snow removal
    • Road resurfacing
    • Pot hole repair
    • Roadside mowing and tree maintenance
    • Storm debris removal
    • Street sweeping
    • Driveway access and concrete replacement
    • Curb, gutter and sidewalk repair and replacement
    • Coordinates Emergency Management and Homeland Security with other agencies
    • Manages the Safety and Training program
    • Provides maintenance and repair of county equipment, large trucks, heavy equipment, fire apparatus, etc.
  • Solid Waste Management
    • Coordinates and oversees Collection Connection for trash and Single Stream recycling
    • Oversees disposal of County's trash and recycling
    • Promotes recycling
  • Traffic Engineering and Transportation Planning
    • Installs and maintains traffic signals; traffic signs; traffic calming program
    • Performs and coordinates line painting on county roads
    • Ensures safe and efficient operation of County's highway system
    • Plans for anticipated transportation needs
  • Engineering and Construction
    • Designs County infrastructure
    • Administers prequalification and selection of engineers and contractors; bridge inspections
    • Administers construction contract bidding, processing and inspection for:
      • public roads
      • sewers
      • water lines
      • alleys
      • storm drains
      • bridges
      • shoreline protection
      • dredging and parks
      • property surveys
      • City and County project coordination

Public Rights-of-Way and Sidewalks

Baltimore County is a sub-recipient of federal funds disbursed through State Highway Administration (SHA), therefore the County is required to provide ADA facilities within its public rights-of-way that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504). The County's Transition Plan with documentation will outline related existing County programs, policies and procedures.

Report Water Main Breaks, Leaks or Water Problems

Baltimore City is responsible for the water service in Baltimore County. The City handles all issues related to the water service in Baltimore County. Complaints or requests must be reported to Baltimore City. Call Baltimore City at 410-396-5352 or view the City's 311 web page. City residents should call 311.

Other Items of Interest

  • Road Closures – View information on roads closed due to repairs, maintenance, flooding, emergencies, etc.
  • Engineering Projects – View a list of current engineering projects.
  • Rural Roads – View information about what they are and related projects.
  • Water Issues – Call Baltimore City for water main breaks, information on water bills, and find out about water saving tips, fire hydrants, etc.
  • Directory of Services – An alphabetical listing of county services
  • Consent Decree (PDF) – Sanitary Sewer System - Brought forth by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) against Baltimore County, after three years of negotiations has an effective "Date of Entry" of September 20, 2005. The Consent Decree outlines the agreed upon work (capital, equipment and operations improvements over multiple years) with deadlines necessary for compliance with the Clean Water Act and the Maryland water pollution control laws with the goal of eliminating sanitary sewer overflows. Consent Decree Appendix (PDF)
Revised November 5, 2018         


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