DPW releases Street Sweeping app so you know when it's time to move your car

Screen shot from the Apple App Store.

This looks pretty handy. The Department of Public Works, which is responsible for street cleaning (and parking tickets!), has released an app for iOS and Android that will send out notifications when it’s time to move your car. Their press release is below… you can find the app on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Street sweeping starts March 4th… they usually give people a pass on tickets the first week, but after that you’ll find a pink slip on your window (or in the mail) once the sweepers start their work.


DPW Launches New App Ahead of Residential Street Sweeping Season

MyDPW App Provides Residents with Weekly Reminder Alerts About When to Move Their Vehicles for Street Sweeping 

The Department of Public Works (DPW) has launched a new “MyDPW” mobile app that allows residents to receive alerts about when to move their vehicles ahead of weekly residential street sweeping. The app is designed for residents who frequently park on residential streets, allowing them to receive alerts about the specific blocks they select.

“With this new app, we hope to lessen the burden on those who park on residential streets and decrease the number of vehicles our street sweepers need to maneuver around,” said Acting DPW Director Chris Geldart. “Looking ahead, we plan to expand MyDPW to include other DPW services as well, using technology to make things as convenient as possible for residents.”

In addition to alerts about street sweeping, the mobile app allows residents to sign-up for DPW’s existing booting/towing and leaf collection alerts. Residents who have already signed-up to receive these alerts will not need to re-register, although downloading the app is recommended for ease of use.

The mobile app can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play, and can be found using the search terms “MyDPW” or “MyDPW DC.” 

Residential Street Sweeping Resumes Monday, March 4

DPW will resume residential mechanical street sweeping on Monday, March 4. The District’s mechanical street sweeping program plays a critical role in keeping DC clean. Last year, DPW’s street sweepers removed more than 4,300 tons of litter from District streets.

To ensure streets are swept thoroughly, motorists are asked to obey the signs posted with the days of the week and hours of the day when parking restrictions will be enforced. The fine for violating this restriction is $45. Signs posted along street sweeping routes indicate that the program runs from March through October. To remind motorists of the restrictions, DPW will issue warnings between Monday, March 4 and Friday, March 8, 2019 to vehicles parked during the sweeping periods.

Parked vehicles may be towed to allow the sweepers access to the curb lane. Generally, parking is prohibited for two hours (9:30 am to 11:30 am or 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm) while sweeping is underway. 

Drew Schneider

Local DC blogger in Petworth, Washington DC.



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