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The Ocean Pines Public Works Department is responsible for equipment and fleet maintenance, snow removal, and the maintenance of nearly 80 miles of roadways, 125 miles of stormwater improvements, and 12 miles of canals.

In addition, the department provides general maintenance on Ocean Pines facilities including the Administration building, Public Works building and yards, community center, the Ocean Pines Golf Club, Beach Club, Yacht Club, two marinas, the Artisan Gift Shop, five swimming pools with accessory buildings, the Racquet Sports Center, several basketball courts, two ball fields, a soccer field, several ponds, numerous other parks and playgrounds, and several miles of walking and biking paths.

Other responsibilities include:

• Grass cutting in ditches and easements throughout Ocean Pines (April to October)

• Leaf collection (November to December, picking up bagged leaves)

• Snow removal and the maintenance of 80 miles of roadways (potholes)

Did you know?

In 2021, the department started replacing old, worn out drainage pipes in the community with new CIPP (cured in place pipe) liners that are cheaper and less disruptive than prior methods. Before that, Public Works would get up to 50 phone calls a day after a heavy rainstorm. 

The department does its best to respond to all 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.

Water and wastewater

The Ocean Pines Public Works Department is NOT responsible for providing water and sanitary sewer services. Those services in Ocean Pines are provided by Worcester County. For questions or to report an outage during regular business hours, contact Worcester County Water and Wastewater at 410-641-5251 and select option #4. After business hours, please call 410-641-5251 and listen to the entire message - the county has an emergency phone system in place for weekends, holidays and inclement weather.

Having problems with the water in your house? Need your water turned on/off for the season? Is 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 and Wastewater.

Trash services

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


Contact Information

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

Eddie Wells
Public Works Director
[email protected]

Office Hours:

7:00am – 3:30pm Monday-Friday
View OPA Holiday Closing Schedule


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.



Grounds, Drainage, Bulkheads, Maintenance, and Facilities Management

Leaf Collection Options

Stickers Required for Yard Debris Drop-Off

Ocean Pines Public Works announced changes to its leaf collection program.

Starting on May 1, residents will need a sticker to display on their vehicle when dropping off leaves or other yard debris at the Public Works yard on 1 Firehouse Lane. The stickers will be free for the first year (2023).

To obtain a sticker, contact Public Works at 410-641-7425.

Residents with a sticker may use the Public Works yard to drop off yard debris on Wednesdays, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Ocean Pines will continue to pick up bagged leaves in November and December, and Republic Services will continue their leaf collection program.

However, Public Works will no longer operate the vacuum truck and homeowners will be responsible for bagging leaves in drainage ditches on their properties.

Ocean Pines residents are asked to not drop off any yard debris at the Worcester County Recycling Center, which could result in fines or violations from the county.

The Worcester County Recycling Center accepts newspaper, mixed paper, magazines, glass, plastic, aluminum and bi-metal cans, cardboard, and textiles (clothing).

All other items are not allowed. The recycling station is not staffed, but does have security cameras. Violators may be ticketed.

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

Click here for more information about the new sticker program.

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

For questions about your account you can email at [email protected] or call 410-749-1551.

You can also learn more about Republic Services by clicking here.

Drainage Info

Document Name Description
Drainage Ditch Fact Sheet Information on drainage ditches in Worcester County

Applications and Documents


Document Name Description
ARC Guidelines

Guidelines used by the Architectural Review Committee

ARC Fees

ARC Fees

Permit Application

Permit Application

New Home Submittal Requirements

New Home Submittal Requirements

Application for New Home

Application for New Home

Application for Resale Packet Request

Application for Resale

Application for Tree Removal

Application for Tree Removal

Tree Removal - State Requirements

State Requirements for Tree Removal
Application for Variance/Exception

Application for Variance/Exception

Completion Agreement – $250

$250 Completion Agreement

Completion Agreement – $375

$375 Completion Agreement

Completion Agreement – $750

$750 Completion Agreement

Completion Agreement – $1,500

$1,500 Completion Agreement