Public Works

Department Structure

The Wells Public Works Department is made up of 3 divisions:
  • Beach Services
  • Street Maintenance
  • Transfer Station

Street Maintenance Division

This division consists of 10 employees, including the Deputy Director. They are responsible for maintaining over 200 miles of roads in Wells. The crew is supplemented in winter by independent contractors for snow plowing.

Street Openings

Contact Public Works prior to the start of any road construction or driveway installation to determine if a Street Opening Permit is required. 


No driveway shall be connected to a Town street until a permit is obtained from the Director or their designee pursuant to § 201-11.

​Street Acceptance

The Town of Wells will not consider accepting certain types of streets. This restriction is adopted to promote the efficient and cost-effective allocation of funds for road construction, maintenance and plowing and to encourage development of connecting streets rather than cul-de-sacs. The following types of streets, although permitted in the Town in accordance with the other standards of this chapter, are not eligible to be presented to the Town for acceptance: (1) Streets constructed as boulevards; (2) Streets connecting to fewer than two different Town roads; (3) Roads constructed pursuant to § 201-10F or 201-10G of this Code.

Acceptance Procedures for streets construction after July 1, 1994 are found here
Acceptance Procedures for streets construction prior to July 1, 1994 are found here

Beach Services

This is seasonal from March to late October and includes a number of seasonal employees and volunteers for:
  • Beach Cleaning
  • Piping Plover Monitoring

Beach Stickers & Parking Lots

The town operates 6 public parking lots in the beach area. Of those parking lots, 4 of them are paid parking during the season. Town taxpayers and / or residents can purchase beach stickers through the Tax Collectors Office at Town Hall. Sticker prices are set by the town meeting in April of each year.

The stickers are issued to the taxpayer or residents vehicle(s). Otherwise the town has a number of beach parking pricing options. Visit the Beach Parking Pass page for policies and to fill out a request form. The policy is updated in the early spring for the upcoming season.