Public Works

Open House on May 19, 2022 from 12:30pm - 6:30pm

In honor of National Public Works Week, May 16th - 20th, the Public Works Department will be hosting an open house at both the DPW facility and Wastewater Treatment Plant. Staff will be available to allow most people from any work shift to be able to stop in. Public Works and Wastewater facilities will be open to tours for the public.  Everyone is welcome to attend this event!

Temporary DPW Office Closures

Temporarily, due to limited staff availability, our DPW Office located at 229 E. School Street will be closed while the office is unattended. Multiple times a day the office will not be staffed and the office will be locked and closed for various reasons including security purposes.  Public Works requests that all visitors call ahead before stopping at the office.

If you are only requesting a Recycling Center / Landscape Center annual sticker and you are unable to make it to our Public Works building during the day we will take appointments on Mondays and Fridays from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM. For security purposes the doors will be locked Mondays & Fridays from 3:30 to 6:30 PM and doors will be opened by appointment only.

Our Mission

The Columbus Public Works Department, working together with the citizens of Columbus, to safely and efficiently develop, maintain and improve our city’s infrastructure, natural resources and community services. 

Who We Are

The Streets/Parks/Forestry Division is responsible for all infrastructure maintenance, park maintenance, and improvements and has employees assigned to its ranks but is often augmented by temporary seasonal staff and other staff as the need arises.

The Wastewater Division is responsible for all sanitary sewer mains, lift stations, and the Wastewater Treatment Facility. 

Hillside Cemetery is owned by the City of Columbus and is operated by the Hillside Cemetery Board of Directors with maintenance and repair responsibilities being delegated to Public Works Department employees.

Note: As per changes in City policy, Columbus Public Works Department will no longer be providing salt, sand, gravel, or black top for resident’s personal use.

New Construction Permit Requirements:

For any project that constructs a new principal building on a lot the follow items will be needed:

  • Zoning Certificate of Compliance or Conditional Use Permit - This would grant approval to build the project as approved.  (114-50 or 114-28)
    1. Reviewed by Zoning Administrator
  • Building Permit- This would grant approvals to construct the project
    1. Reviewed by Building Inspector
  • Water and Electrical Connection – Approve utility connections for water and electric service
    1.  Reviewed by Water and Light
  • Driveway permit -  Approval for driveway connection to ROW
    1. Reviewed by DPW
  • Sanitary Permit and Connection-  Approval to connect to sanitary sewer
    1. Reviewed by Building Inspector and Inspected by WWTP operator
  • Building Addresses
    1. Issued by the Clerk 
    2. Note some lots may be issued addresses at the time of subdivision plat