Public Works

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The Ocean Pines Public Works Dept. is responsible for equipment and fleet maintenance, snow removal, and the maintenance of nearly 80 miles of roadways, 125 miles of storm water 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 Pine'eer craft 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.

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 80 miles of roadways (potholes)

Did you know?

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.

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 & 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

Update: The Public Works Yard will reopen to Ocean Pines residents in Fall 2020. Specific dates will be posted once they become available.

The Public Works Yard in Ocean Pines is normally open for residents to drop off yard debris such as leaves, branches, trimmings and brush on Saturdays from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm year-round.  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.



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

Leaf Collection Options

Update: The Public Works Yard will reopen to Ocean Pines residents in Fall 2020. Specific dates will be posted once they become available.

Ocean Pines residents may bring leaves and yard debris in bulk or paper bags to the Public Works yard, located at 1 Firehouse Lane near the south station fire department. The yard is open Saturdays from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm. No contractor dumping or plastic bags are permitted.

Current Republic Services customers may place up to four bags of leaves curbside for each scheduled pickup. This is in addition to regular trash pickup. Trash collection days for residents south of Route 90 are Tuesdays and Fridays. For residents north of Route 90, the collection days are Mondays and Thursdays. Republic Services will also pick up branches if they are tied in bundles no longer than 4 feet.

Residents with questions about leaf collection should contact Ocean Pines Public Works by calling 410-641-7425.

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 or Call us 410-749-1551.

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

Applications and Documents

For more information, visit the Compliance, Permitting and Inspections (CPI) Department

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

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