PSA: Street cleaning starts March 1st, tickets to follow

Look for one of these signs on your street to see which day is your street cleaning day.

The weather turns warmer, the snow melts away and Spring is in the air! (Oh, yeah, not much snow this year... thanks climate change). But sure enough, the next sigh of Spring coming to DC is the return of street sweeping and you having to move your car to the other side of the street.

DC's Department of Public Works's residential mechanical street sweeping (and therefore alternate side of the street parking) begins Thursday, March 1st (through October 31st). DPW will give out warning tickets until Friday, March 9th — after that, it’s a $45 ticket if you’re parked on the side being cleaned. Or you could get towed.

DPW says that just because you saw a street cleaning machine pass down your street doesn’t mean you can park on the restricted side during the prohibited time. According to DPW, a supervisor may follow behind the sweeper and could require the block to be swept again, so don’t park during the two-hour sweeping period, or you could get towed. 

“Our street sweepers, many of whom call the District home, take great pride in keeping our city clean and beautiful,” said DPW Director Chris Shorter. “In the last fiscal year, DPW’s crews removed upwards of 4,300 tons of litter from our streets.”

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.

Look for the signs on your street to determine when (and if) your street is scheduled to be cleaned each week.

Residents can receive immediate notification if their vehicle has been towed, relocated or booted. You can enroll online in DPW's Tow and Boot Alert Program.