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All About Boston Street Cleaning

Boston and South Boston street cleaning occur year-round to keep the streets free and clear of debris. Though the time of day varies, it’s easier than ever to keep track of the schedule and avoid those pesky tickets.

Keep in mind, snow during the winter months plays a significant role in how street cleaning works. Keep reading to become a Boston street cleaning expert. Hoping to learn about general street parking rules? Check out the complete Boston parking guide.

How does Boston street cleaning work?

A clean city doesn’t happen on its own. Most Boston neighborhoods operate a daytime street cleaning schedule one day out of the week between April 1 to November 30. In other neighborhoods, it runs from March 1 to December 31. Don’t worry, you don’t have to remember the schedules on top of your head.

Here are general rules to keep in mind:

If your street is cleaned every week, it will also be cleaned on the fifth week of the month during months with five weeks.

Street cleaning still occurs on days when it is raining

Simply check out this interactive Boston street cleaning map. You’ll see what time street cleaning occurs and how often to help you decide where you should park on certain days.

How much does a street cleaning ticket cost?

If you park your car on the street and overnight street cleaning occurs, your ticket will cost $90 dollars. Daytime street cleaning tickets, however, are less expensive and cost $40 which may save you a buck or two. In Charlestown, tickets due to daytime street cleaning cost $90 dollars.

Do the rules change when it snows?

It’s important to stay alert for snow emergency updates during the winter months.  Once the snow arrives, get used to a few changes to the usual parking rules. If the city declares a snow emergency, you must move your car from the main roads to make way for snow plows. Check to see which streets are restricted on the city’s website.

In general, street cleaning routes and schedules remain the same.

What kinds of signs should I look for?

Make it a habit to carefully read the parking signs where you park. You don’t want to pay for expensive parking tickets due to street cleaning.

Street Cleaning: This sign tells you when street parking is restricted, and if you’re parked in a tow zone.

Snow Emergency: During snow emergencies, your car may be towed if parked in this zone.

Can you park after the street sweeper passes?

“I saw the street sweeper pass,” isn’t a good enough reason to park your car. Sometimes, one cleaning round won’t do. The street sweeper may come back a second time. There is no law in Boston saving you from a parking ticket just because you saw the street sweeper pass.  Always follow the parking signs to avoid troublesome parking tickets.

When are Boston street cleaning holidays?

On city holidays, street sweeping is suspended during the day but streets are still swept at night. There are a number of city-wide holidays that suspend street cleaning.

Here are holidays when daytime street cleaning is suspended:

January 1 – New Year’s Day

January 15 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

February 19 – Presidents Day

April 16 – Patriots Day

May 28 – Memorial Day

July 4 – Independence Day

September 3 – Labor Day

October 8 – Columbus Day

November 22 – Thanksgiving Day

December 25 – Christmas Day

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