Code Enforcement

The Department of General Services has the responsibility to enforce several sections of the municipal code of the City of Albany. Among these are codes relating to refuse collection, illegal dumping, anti litter, snow removal, streets and encroachments. Many of the outdoor “Quality of Life” issues are handled by DGS.


The purpose of Albany's waste collection and recycling program is to collect normal weekly generated household trash and recycling from residential properties with less than 4 units. Items should only be placed curbside the evening prior to your scheduled collection day not before 4:30 p.m. and/or dusk but before 12 midnight. Excessive quantities of trash and recycling placed curbside are subject to billing and a fine. Excessive is anything that is not manageable by 1person, unable to be loaded into a collection vehicle and takes laborers more than 4 trips between the pile and the vehicle.



Prior to placement for collection, all waste containers and waste stored in plastic bags for weekly pickup must be stored in areas away from front yards, sidewalks, or other public rights of way affecting the visual and aesthetic character of city streetscape.



All properties and/or adjoining public ways in the city of Albany must be maintained free of litter, debris and excessive accumulation of animal waste.



All properties must be maintained free of heavy overgrowth and or accumulation of weeds.

(Code: 313-4B) YARD WASTE


At no time should leaves, grass clippings and other yard waste debris be raked into the street.

These items should be placed in a biodegradable paper bag and placed curbside the evening prior

 to your collection day. NO PLASTIC BAGS PLEASE.


 Residential construction debris will be picked up curbside as long it is neatly containerized,

 manageable by 1 person, able to be loaded into in a collection vehicle and takes laborers no more

 than 4 trips between the pile and the vehicle. Building material should not be placed curbside

 more than twice a month.

(Code: 323-21/22) SNOW


It is the responsibility of all property owners' and/ or residents to remove snow and ice from the

sidewalks adjacent to their property within 24 hours of end of a snowstorm.

(Code: 323-21) SNOW


In no event shall snow, by anyone, be shoveled, plowed or snow blown into the city streets,

carriageways, or crosswalks for removal.

Violators of these codes can be subject to a fine up to $650.00