Public Works

Contact Information

Ocean Pines Public Works Department
1 Firehouse Lane
Ocean Pines, MD 21811

Eddie Wells
Public Works & CPI Director

Office Hours:
7:00am – 3:30pm Monday-Friday
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Dredging application
Ocean Pines residents who wish to request spot dredging next fall must submit a permit request by Oct. 15. Permits are available at Ocean Pines Public Works, on 1 Firehouse Lane. To download a dredging application, click here.

Public Works Yard Open on Saturdays Year-Round
The Public Works Yard in Ocean Pines is open for residents to drop off yard debris such as leaves, branches, trimmings and brush on Saturdays from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm. Leaves and yard debris may be brought in bulk or in paper bags. Plastic bags and contractor dumping are not permitted.

Paper Lawn Bags
Public Works and the Public Works yard will only accept paper bags for leaves and other yard debris. Thirty-gallon paper bags may be purchased at the Public Works building in bundles of five for $10.

Mosquito Dunks
Now available.  You can purchase Mosquito Dunks at Ocean Pines Public Works Office – A 6-pack for $10.

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Grounds, Drainage, Bulkheads, Maintenance, Compliance, Permitting and Inspections, and Facilities Management


The Ocean Pines Public Works Dept. is responsible for equipment and fleet maintenance, snow removal and the maintenance of 67 miles of roadways, 125 miles of storm water improvements, and 12 miles of canals. In addition it provides general maintenance on Ocean Pines facilities including the administration building, public works building and yards, community center, the clubhouse at Ocean Pines Golf Club, Beach Club, Yacht Club, two marinas, the Pine’eer crafts building, five swimming pools with accessory buildings, Manklin Meadows Racquet Sports Complex, several basketball courts, two ball fields, a soccer field, several ponds, numerous other parks and playgrounds and several miles of walking and biking paths.

The Ocean Pines Public Works Department is responsible for:
Drainage ditch cleaning and 125 miles of storm water improvements, 12 miles of canals (bulkhead replacement, buoys, aerators), along with several ponds, and maintenance of all Ocean Pines facilities. Other responsibilities include:

Grass cutting of ditches and easements throughout Ocean Pines (April – October)

Leaf removal (November – December: picking up bagged leaves and vacuuming up raked leaves from the drainage ditch)

Snow removal and the maintenance of 67 miles of roadways (potholes)

Did you know that on average, during rain storms, Public Works gets 50 phone calls a day in regards to drainage ditches? The department does its best to respond to these requests for service in a timely manner, but residents should understand that delays may inevitably occur.

The ditches in Ocean Pines are designed to hold water during storms so that yards and roads do not become flooded. Although it is sometimes alarming to see the water rise rapidly in these ditches during heavy rain, most ditches will dry within 24 hours after a rain. Ditch water that remains at high levels after the 24-hour period may signify a more serious problem and require a call to Public Works.

The Ocean Pines Public Works Department is not responsible for the provision of water and sanitary sewer services. Water and sanitary sewer services in Ocean Pines are provided by Worcester County. Questions regarding those services can be addressed by contacting Worcester County at (410) 632-5623.  Having problems with the water in your house? Need your water turned on/off for the season? The “mushroom” tank in your yard making a strange noise? Water bubbling up near the roadway? Stones coming loose after a fixed water pipe road cut (square cut in the road)? Wastewater coming up in your bathtub? All of these services are provided by Worcester County Water & Wastewater.

Trash pick-up: These services are provided by Republic Services. Please contact Republic Services directly at 410-749-1551 for questions about your trash pick-up.

Fall Leaf Collection Options

The Ocean Pines Association has announced leaf collection procedures for its residents this fall.

Public Works will collect leaves and other yard debris from Nov. 25 through Dec. 20, on opposite days from Republic Services collection days.

The department will only pick up leaves placed in paper bags that residents place curbside. Thirty-gallon paper bags are available at Public Works in bundles of five for $10.

Republic Services will pick up paper and plastic bags out on scheduled pick-up days, limit four bags of leaves per scheduled pick up. Republic Services will also accept branches tied in bundles no longer than four feet.

Additionally, Ocean Pines residents may bring leaves and yard debris in bulk or paper bags to the Public Works yard at 1 Firehouse Lane, near the south Fire Department. The yard will be open Nov. 25 through Dec. 20, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 3 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There will be no collection or drop off on Thursday, Nov. 28 or Friday, Nov. 29 because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Ocean Pines Public Works has also begun to vacuum ditch leaves with its vacuum truck, beginning with the south side of the community. The vacuum truck will continue collection through the community, and news updates as to the truck’s location will be posted on Residents are reminded that only ditch leaves will be vacuumed. Yard leaves should either be placed in bags for collection or brought to the Public Works Yard. Residents should refrain from blowing leaves directly into the ditches, as this can lead to clogging of pipes as well as difficulty in water flow.

For more information, contact Public Works at 410-641-7425.

Where can I call if I have questions about signing up for Republic Services and curbside recycling?

Email or Call 410-749-1551 for questions about your account.  You can also learn more about Republic Services here.

Other Important Information

Call the State’s Safety and Environmental Hotline at 1-877-224-7229. This toll-free number is manned 24 hours for reports of fish kills, algae blooms, unsafe boating, illegal fishing or hunting, hazardous materials and oil spills, wetlands violations, and other statewide water issues.

View  Compliance Forms & Documents

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