Public Works

We've Moved!

The Department of Public Works offices at City Hall have temporarily relocated to 400 N Washington St. due to City Hall Renovation Project construction activity, which will last most of 2018. Office hours will still be Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Operations offices will remain at the Property Yard. 

Learn more about City Hall's Temporary Office Relocation and the space at 400 N Washington St. 

National Public Works Week Art Contest 2018

DPW is celebrating National Public Works Week (May 20-26, 2018) with an art contest! Middle school students who live in or go to school in the City of Falls Church are invited to create a piece of art that conveys, "What is Public Works?"

Public works professionals maintain and improve the systems and services vital to a community’s health, safety and comfort. In The Little City, this includes 44 employees managing solid waste, sewer, stormwater, trees, streetscape, streets, signs, snow plowing, and City facilities like City Hall, library, and community center. DPW employees also manage major City projects like the City Hall renovation and the Downtown Plaza installation. DPW lives by the motto, "Working together to sustain and enhance our community's infrastructure and provide a safe, green, and clean environment."

One winner will be selected to present their design at the City Council meeting on Monday, May 14. The winner will also be invited to ride in a DPW vehicle in the 2018 Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 28. The grand prize also includes gift cards to Four Provinces and Clare and Don's. The winning design will be displayed on signs at the City's facilities to celebrate National Public Works Week.

Here are the contest guidelines:
  • All designs must be original and visually represent, "What is Public Works?"
  • Entries must be received by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, 2018.
  • Entries must be in JPEG format with a resolution of no less than 300 DPI.
  • Entries must include a signed artwork release.
  • To submit an entry:
    • Email with a subject line of Public Works Art Contest by [name]
    • Mail on a USB or CD to City of Falls Church, Department of Public Works, Attn: Lonnie Marquetti, 300 Park Ave., Falls Church, Virginia, 22046
    • Submit in person to 400 N. Washington St., Ste. 110, Falls Church
DPW Mission Statement
"Working together to sustain and enhance our community's infrastructure and provide a safe, green and clean environment."

Message from DPW Director 

The Department of Public Works (DPW) has a commitment to the public for maintaining core infrastructure and basic services for our citizens.

These commitments encompass the administration, planning, maintenance, construction management and technical engineering of the City's infrastructure including the transportation system, storm water collection system, sanitary sewer collections, solid waste/recycling management and other capital facilities. 

Core Functions:

  • Streets and Sidewalks
  • Traffic Signals, Streetlights, Pavement Markings, and Street Signage
  • Storm Water and Sanitary Sewer
  • Buildings and Facilities
  • City Fleet & Equipment
  • Urban Forest and Green spaces
  • Solid Waste and Recycling

The Department of Public Works is structured to meet the needs of the citizens. Two core functional divisions provide all services within the City. The division preforming Public Services for Administration, Contracting, Engineering, Construction and Permitting are located at City Hall. The Operations Division is located at the Property Yard on Gordon Road in the West end of the City.

Engineering & Construction Division:

The Public Resources for Administration, Contracting, Engineering, Construction and Permitting staff provide management of numerous programs, including contractual Services, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) management, Construction Management and Permit regulatory compliance and inspection of public and  private development.

Operations Division:

Robert Goff, Superintendent of Operations heads up this division. The Operations Division is responsible for the operations and maintenance of the infrastructure, fleet and facilities. Providing services on 24-hours, 365 days a year, for emergencies and storm events. In addition to their daily operations, the crews successfully handle seasonal events, such as leaf collections, snow plowing and storm cleanup.

With the support of our citizens, the men and woman of DPW are here to serve and provide the best quality of life for the Little City.

Mike Whitfield, CCM
Director of Public Works

Various Citizen Committees 
Providing staff support for various citizen committees including the Environmental Services Council (ESC), Citizens Advisory Committee on Transportation (CACT), and Tree Commission.

Online Citizen Reporting

To report potholes, streetlight outages, and more, please use the Request Tracker

Online Right of Way Notification Submission
To submit a required notification for work within the City Right of Way, please use this form.
Licenses and Permits
To find all Public Works permits (Grading Plan, Right-of-Way, etc.) please click here.