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Contract Administration

DPW contracts for all City infrastructure projects. It also contracts for several major public service functions including solid waste recycling, public parking structure operation, vehicle towing, and parking meter revenue collection.

Through its contracts, DPW leverages employment opportunities for city residents who fit specific unemployment or underemployment criteria. This initiative is known as the Residents Preference Program. The Department requires that at least 40% of all hours worked on individual City contracts be allocated to unemployed residents of the target area. The Department partners with Big Step to assist contractors in locating eligible resident workers.

DPW also assists small and emerging businesses through its Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program. This program requires that SBEs, typically firms owned by one or more individuals who are at an educational, social, economic or other disadvantage, be utilized for 25 percent of all dollars spent on construction projects in the City.

DPW promotes local business through its Local Business Enterprise Program. Under this program, local contractors may be awarded a contract if their submitted bid does not exceed the lowest bid by more than 5 percent or $25,000, whichever is lower.

The Residents Preference Program, Small Business Enterprise Program and Local Business Enterprise Program all ensure that local residents and businesses alike benefit from economic development in the City.

The provisions listed above reflect recent changes to DPW's contracting program. For more specific information, view the provisions as included in the Milwaukee Code of Ordinances.

For a complete list of all bid & contract information visit Official Bid Notices.


Extra Cart Fee. Beginning January 1, 2014 households with more than one garbage cart will incur a $15 per quarter charge for each additional garbage cart.

To avoid this charge, contact the Call Center at 286-CITY (2489) to request the City remove the extra garbage carts from your property. There is no extra charge for more than one recycling cart.

Construction Related Material Charge.  There is a charge for all City residents bringing construction related material into the self help stations. This includes roofing material, brick, stones, concrete, lumber, drywall, paneling and other construction material.

The charge is $20 for up to 8 cubic yards, and $40 for 8-16 cubic yards.  (16 cubic yard maximum.)  No contractor vehicles allowed.

Bulky Changes.  City crews will only pick up one (1) cubic yard of extra material placed out for pickup on your designated collection day. This is about the size of an easy chair.  Call 286-CITY (2489) to request pickup of larger piles for a fee. See the self help page for more information



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Administrative Services
Room 501
Zeidler Municipal Building
841 N. Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202