Environmental Quality & Public Works

Mission statement

To preserve, protect and enhance our Bluegrass environment; to provide public infrastructure systems that are safe, efficient and economical; and to promote a healthy and sustainable quality of life for our citizens.

Building Inspection

Building Inspection's goal is to ensure safe construction of projects by enforcing the Kentucky Building Code. 

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The Division of Engineering oversees the design and construction of capital infrastructure projects, ensures new development is compliant with the community’s standards, and manages permitting within the public right-of-way.

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Environmental Services

Our division engages the public about environmental issues in our community. We work closely with Waste Management and Water Quality to support recycling and stormwater efforts in Lexington. We also manage sustainability initiatives and handle the beautification and maintenance of the city's green spaces and corridors.

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Streets & Roads

Streets & Roads maintains all city and county roads, except those on the state and federal highway system.

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Traffic Engineering

Traffic Engineering is responsible for the maintenance and daily operation of the city's computerized traffic control system, including first-line response for emergency signal repair.

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Waste Management

The Division of Waste Management is not just about getting rid of things, it's about Lexington's quality of life, its health, and the look of our community.

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Water Quality

The Division of Water Quality provides citizens of Lexington-Fayette County with wastewater treatment and stormwater management services.

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Signal work at Nicholasville Road and Man O War rescheduled

The rewiring of traffic signals at the intersection of Nicholasville Road and Man O War Boulevard has been rescheduled for Sunday, August 21. Work is expected to start at 7 a.m. and finish around 3 p.m.

Sustainable environment grants will enhance neighborhoods

Twenty-two local organizations were awarded Sustainable Environmental Grants totaling $70,684. The grants are designed to promote creative, collaborative projects that improve and protect the environmental health of Lexington’s neighborhoods.

Spring collection events successful

The spring events hosted by Lexington’s Division of Waste Management were a huge success. More than 2,400 vehicles came out for the Household Hazardous Waste Collection, the Paper Shred and the Mulch Giveaway. All events were free to the community.