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All departments within the City of Asheville are operating. In the Public Works Department, some staff are utility locating, performing inspections, focusing on capital projects efforts, patching emergency utility cuts, or on call for emergencies, while some are working remotely. We have a rotating crew that will continue to work on pipe installation before ongoing resurfacing and address immediate safety hazards such as downed trees and potholes. The Sanitation Division is collecting trash and recycling as scheduled, responding to code enforcement requests, and collecting large brush piles with the claw truck. The Fleet Management Division is working on a normal schedule.

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The Public Works Department provides essential core services that include construction and maintenance of City streets, sidewalks, and stormwater infrastructure, as well as solid waste management, to Asheville citizens and visitors in a prompt, professional, efficient, and safe manner. The dedicated employees of the Public Works Department strive to provide these services equitably to all neighborhoods in a manner that reflects our emphasis on quality customer service, environmental stewardship, fiscal responsibility, and transparency. The department is led and directed by the Administration division and internally supported by the Fleet Management and Asset Management (GIS) divisions.


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Division-Specific Issues

Sanitation issues include missed collection for trash or brush, roll cart issues, illegal dumping or littering, and overgrown lots.

Stormwater issues include drainage issues and flooding.

Streets issues include potholes, graffiti, sidewalk hazards, trees in the right-of-way, and snow removal.


City of Asheville Standard Specifications and Details Manual (SSDM)

Sanitation Division




Visit the Sanitation Division page for more information.


Stormwater Division


  • Installs and maintains storm drain infrastructure
  • Maintains ditches and trenches to help control the flow of rainwater down public streets
  • Sweeps streets
  • Works with the Development Services Department to issue permits for grading, erosion control, and flood control, as well as stormwater ordinance enforcement


Visit the Stormwater Division page for more information.


Streets Division


  • Installation, maintenance, repair, and revitalization of:
    • Streets
    • Bridges
    • Sidewalks
    • Walls
    • Guardrails
  • Street & sidewalk closures
  • Tree trimming
  • Mowing in the right-of-way
  • Street sweeping in the Central Business District after normal working hours
  • Graffiti removal
  • Snow removal
  • Encroachment Agreements
  • Utility cut permits
  • SnowMapper
  • MapAsheville


Visit the Streets Division page for more information.

FEMA Public Notice

View complete notice as a PDF.

The City of Asheville has applied for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Program funding through North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) as a sub- recipient for the reestablishment of the Bell Road and Faircrest Road embankments by reclaiming stone and unclassified fill. Bell Road and Faircrest Road are part of linear systems throughout the City of Asheville which provide Right-of-Way access to vehicles without disturbing the floodplain. All repairs were performed to restore these facilities to their pre-disaster design,function, and capacity within their existing footprints. As such, these repairs did not increase flood levels within the community nor did the repairs increase the risk of flood loss.

Funding for the proposed project will be conditional upon compliance with all applicable federal, tribal, state, and local laws, regulations, floodplain standards, permit requirements and conditions.

Comments are solicited from the public; local, state or federal agencies, and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of the proposed project. The comments should be made in writing and addressed to:

FEMA Internal 11988 Reviewer
FEMA Region 4
3005 Chamblee-Tucker Road
Atlanta, Georgia, 30341

Alternatively, comments may be emailed to: FEMA-R4EHP@fema.dhs.gov. Please send comments with the subject line [DR-4617-NC-00117 11988 COMMENT]. All comments are due by no later than July 15, 2022.

Posted on July 8, 2022

Related Services

Related Projects

Stormwater Utility Program Assessment and Fee Study

Asheville’s Stormwater program has been funded by a stormwater fee for more than 17 years in order to meet the requirements of its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Stormwater Permit and Stormwater Management Plan. In order to better serve our community, the City is proactively  assessing our program and identifying areas where improvement is necessitated.

Vance Gap Slide Repair

Heavy rains that occurred in April of 2021 caused a landslide on the east side of Vance Gap Road near the Trailridge Road intersection. City of Asheville Streets Division operations crews conducted repairs to stabilize the slide and the City issued a Request for Qualifications for a design firm to design permanent repairs for the slide and to also perform a general stability analysis for the rest of the road.

men working around an asphalt paving machine

Sulphur Springs Road Resurfacing

This street was selected to be resurfaced by the 2016 General Obligation Bond.   Estimated quantities for the work were developed and the contract was advertised on May 9, 2022 with bids opening on June 9, 2022.  City Council awarded the contract to French Broad Paving, Inc. on July 26, 2022.  

Public Works News

Preliminary utility location for Carter Ann Patton Stormwater improvement project

City of Asheville updates on the Carter-Ann-Patton stormwater improvement project

Starting Sunday, September 17, at  7:00 p.m. contract work will begin that spans across Patton Ave. from the south to the north side. To ensure crew and community safety,  there will be a full road closure from N. French Broad Ave. down to N. Ann Street. This will take place at night only (7 p.m. to 7 a.m.) to minimize traffic disruption and impact on area businesses and the community.  To further minimize impact, the area will be open to vehicle and pedestrian traffic on Friday and Saturday nights throughout the duration of this phase.