The Alton Public Works Department offers waste collection and sewer maintenance services. It operates a street maintenance division that is responsible for snow removal, patching potholes, and ditch and culvert cleaning. The department provides stormwater pollution prevention services, as well as handles and maintains leaking septic systems. The Alton Public Works Department also responds to animal control complaints. It is a part of the government of The City of Alton in Illinois. The City of Alton additionally maintains police, fire, purchasing, recreation, and building and zoning departments. It has the Department of Development and Housing, which undertakes various business development, code enforcement, general economic revitalization activities, and short- and long-range planning.