Public Works

The Zebulon Public Works department is responsible for maintaining our roads and facilities, collecting our waste, street sweeping, and providing so many other services for residents in Zebulon's 2,000 homes. The Zebulon Public Works Department consists of three core areas: Operations, Construction Inspection and Facilities Management, and Fleet/Equipment Maintenance. All Public Works staff are cross-trained on various types of tasks and duties. This allows the department maximum flexibility for assigning work and coping with weather events, disasters, and illness.


The Operations team is responsible for managing the collections of solid waste, yard waste, and leaves, and for maintaining Zebulon's 25 miles of town-owned streets, 12 miles of sidewalks, 21-mile stormwater system, and 80 acres of grounds.

  • Solid Waste Collection (Trash and Recycling): Town staff administer the contract for weekly trash and biweekly recycling collection from residences.
  • Yard Waste and Leaf Collection: Town staff collect leaves, twigs, grass, limbs, logs, hedge clippings, and other yard waste.
  • Streets and Storm Drainage: Town staff patch potholes, replace damaged sections of sidewalks, replace damaged and missing street signs, and sweep streets. Street maintenance also includes pre-treating roads ahead of winter weather events and removing snow and ice deposited by storms. Crews also clean and maintain stormwater drainage ditches, pipes, and other structures.
  • Grounds Maintenance: Town staff maintain the grounds at Town Hall, the police station, the Zebulon Community Center, the public works facility, and the yard waste recycling center. We also maintain multiple right-of-way locations and the parking lots at Five County Stadium.

Construction Inspection and Facilities Management 

The Construction Inspection and Facilities Management team is responsible for managing the design and construction of roads, sidewalks, greenways, stormwater projects, and new commercial and residential development within town limits.

  • Construction Inspection: Staff review and inspect private development construction projects for all roadway design, infrastructure, and safety.
  • Facilities Management: In addition to overseeing construction, staff manages and performs facility maintenance activities for town-owned buildings totaling 80,000 square feet.
  • Project Management: Staff manage all construction-related activities for town projects, such as roadway resurfacing, sidewalk construction, building construction and other renovations, and greenways.

Fleet/Equipment Maintenance

Staff maintain and service 75+ vehicles and pieces of equipment for the Public Works Department.