Office of Public Works

Contact Info

33 East Main Street - 1st floor
Portland Connecticut 

Robert Shea

Director of Public Works

Phone: 860-342-6733

Fax: 860-342-6759

Office Hours

Mon - Fri

8:30am - 4:30pm

Public Works

The Department of Public Works is made up of seven divisions, under the direction of Robert Shea, Public Works Director. 

• Highway Division

• Transfer Station

• Sewer Division

• Water Division

• Building Maintenance

• Vehicle Maintenance

• Grounds Division

The responsibilities of this department are those felt most directly by the citizens in town. From disposing of recyclables, to leaf pick-up, to repairing broken water mains, and making sure that park facilities are clean and usable, the Public Works department impacts our lives on a daily basis. The Town of Portland Public Works Department strives to enhance the quality of life of all the residents by providing safe, reliable, effective service consistent with the vision and goals of the community.

Important Notice

*Please Report Signs of Water Main Breaks*
Public Works Dept. 860-342-6733 or Central Dispatch 860-347-2541

Emergency Storm Brush Pickup

Free brush disposal will stop on Wednesday August 19th – All brush after this date must go over the scale and be paid for at the current rate of $40 per ton.  Permits are required.


Due to the extensive damage caused by Tropical Storm Isaias, the Portland Public Works Department will be conducting a brush pickup beginning Monday, August 17, 2020. All brush must be at the curb by Monday morning.  Brush pickup may take 6 – 8 weeks to complete.


  • Please leave enough room for the equipment to operate.  Place your brush at least 5 ft. away from your garbage container and other potential obstacles such as mailboxes, fences, walls, water meters, telephone connection boxes and parked vehicles.  Avoid placing brush under low-hanging tree limbs or power lines.  Brush will not be collected if it’s inaccessible.


  • You can stack your piles of brush end to end, or on top of one another (not tangled).  All brush needs to be cut to appropriate lengths (6 to 8 feet) and limbs must be no larger than 4” in diameter.  Please place only true brush at the curb.   Lumber, construction material and/or leaves will not be picked up if placed at curbside.

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