The Public Works Department (PWD) is responsible for a number of services and facilities in for the Town.
The public works department is responsible for the maintenance of approximately 12 miles of Town streets. This includes surfacing and resurfacing, roadside drainage, street signs, pavement markings, street sweeping, snow removal, and maintenance of sidewalks to eliminate weeds and remove snow.
The public works department is responsible for building maintenance. The following buildings are owned and/or maintained by the Town: town hall, maintenance building, police department, wastewater treatment plant, park pavilion, covered picnic shelters, playground equipment, dog park, and six well and pump houses. Grounds maintenance and landscaping of town property is included as well.
Water & Wastewater Systems
The public works department is responsible for ensuring that an adequate and safe supply of drinking water is available and that the wastewater system is properly maintained. They are also in charge of construction and maintenance of water/wastewater mains and pipes, meters, manholes and hydrants.
Solid Waste and Recycling
The Town of Banner Elk franchises its solid waste sanitation and recycling program for residential and commercial pickup within the corporate limits. Currently solid waste removal is franchised with Republic Services. Residents in the ETJ area use the Avery County recycling centers, the closest of which are located in the Village of Sugar Mouantin and in Linville.