Public Works

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Every day dedicated professionals across the Department of Public Works take pride in the jobs they do to protect the health, safety and well-being of everyone in the community. We are comprised of a team that designs, builds, refurbishes, replaces, oversees, and maintains a complex combination of above ground and below ground public infrastructure.

Department News

Framingham Department of Public Works
Urban Street Sweeping Program to Resume Tuesday, July 21


Photo of a yellow DPW Street Sweeper cleaning the road

The City of Framingham Department of Public Works will resume the Urban Street Sweeping Program, starting with Area C, on Tuesday, July 21.

Each Tuesday, July 21 through December 1, a different set of streets will be swept from 9 a.m. - noon.

Streets will be grouped into four areas, Area A, Area B, Area C, and Area D, with each being swept a different Tuesday of the month.

Parking restrictions will be in effect. Vehicles parked on the street during the posted times will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense.

Thank you for helping keep Framingham streets and waterways clean! Your cooperation is appreciated!

FRAMINGHAM DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS to Resume Permit Sticker Sales, July 1
As of July 2, a Permit will be required for entry to the Recycling Drop-Off Center (RDC) and Yard Waste Facility

Sanitation Truck Collecting Recyclables
The Framingham Department of Public Works will resume permit sticker sales July 1, for entry into the RDC, located on Mount Wayte Avenue, and the Yard Waste Facility, Dudley Road.

Permit stickers will be valid from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021. If you already purchased a 2020 permit earlier this year, it will be valid through June 30, 2021.

Stickers can be purchased for $20 at the DPW Operations Center, 100 Western Avenue, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., or the RDC during regular hours of operation.

Proof of residency (vehicle registration) will be required to purchase a sticker. Registration must be current, non-commercial, and show a Framingham address. For leased vehicles, the accompanying insurance policy showing a Framingham address must be presented.

Residents whose vehicles do not conform to the above requirements may complete a non-conforming vehicle application form for permit consideration.

Per Governor Baker’s Order and the City of Framingham’s Emergency Order, face coverings will be required to enter or use any City facilities. Residents are asked to practice social distancing.

The RDC is open Thursday (for recycling only) 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

 The Yard Waste Facility is open seasonally, Friday and Saturday 8 a.m.-3 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Framingham Department of Public Works Operations Center and Engineering Department to Reopen to the Public, June 8

DPW Ops Photo

On Monday, June 8, the Department of Public Works will reopen the Operations Center and Engineering  Department located at 100 Western Avenue to the public for a limited scope of services.

The Operations Center will be open Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m., for general Public Works inquiries, such as Water, Wastewater, Drainage, Highway, or Sanitation.

The Engineering Department will be open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., for Street Opening and Trench Opening Permit applications or inquiries; as-built, map, and service questions; and other similar requests.

The following services will not be part of this opening: Payment of Bulky Item removal (please pay at the Recycling Drop-Off Center (RDC) or online), payment of water and wastewater bills (please pay at the Treasurer’s Office or online), and RDC stickers (stickers will be available July 1, 2020, and valid until June 30, 2021).

The Operations Center and Engineering Department will have limited access and space for customers. The Department strongly encourages members of the public to make inquiries via email or over the phone whenever possible. Per Governor Baker’s Order and the City of Framingham’s Emergency Order, face coverings will be required for entry into any City facility. Residents are also asked to practice social distancing.

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Recycling Drop-Off Center will reopen Friday, May 29, 2020

The Framingham Department of Public Works will resume bulky item collection the week of May 25 and reopen the Recycling Drop-Off Center (RDC) to residents on Friday, May 29.

To minimize exposure between DPW staff and the public, the Department will NOT issue new permit stickers until July 1, 2020, which will be valid until June 30, 2021.

While new stickers are not being issued, proof of residency will be required (driver’s license or vehicle registration) to utilize the facility.

Per Governor Baker’s Order and the City of Framingham’s Emergency Order, face coverings will be required to use the facility. Residents are asked to practice social distancing.

The facility will be operating in conformance with health and safety protocols set forth by the Commonwealth and the City of Framingham.

  • Who: Framingham residents
  • What: Reopen the Recycling Drop-Off Center and resume bulky item collection
  • Where: 255 Mount Wayte Avenue
  • When: Thursday (Recycling only): 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., and Sunday: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Why: To dispose of excess trash, recyclables, reusables, and bulky items.  

Osmose Utility to Begin Inspecting Utility Poles on May 20 Throughout the City of Framingham



The Framingham Department of Public Works has issued a street permit to Osmose Utility, a Verizon Wireless subcontractor, allowing them to inspect utility poles throughout the City that are located in the public right-of-way.

Inspections will begin on May 20 and are being conducted proactively by Verizon to deliver maintenance and to identify utility poles to be scheduled for replacement. Workers will be in Osmose-branded vehicles, dressed in safety attire, and carry identification badges.

Per Massachusetts law, Osmose Utility is required to file Dig Safe tickets. Dig Safe paint markings will be visible near utility poles throughout the City.

Reference this document for more information about Osmose’s proposed work scope and messaging.

Please send all questions, comments, or concerns to Osmose Utility at (770) 632-6700 or submit an inquiry form on their website.



About 50% of the City's roadways were built before World War II. 25% of the current stormwater, water and wastewater infrastructure put in place at that time is now over 70 years old.

The City of Framingham tripled in population during the 25 years after World War II and 50% of the stormwater, water and wastewater systems were installed.

In 2006, the city accelerated the Capital Improvement Program to remedy this situation.