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Parking officers in Hoboken have been known to issue tickets if your car is parked even five minutes into street cleaning hours. Luckily, if you know where to park and when to move your car to avoid street cleaning, street parking in Hoboken is a breeze. Keep reading to find out how street cleaning works and how you can avoid the hefty ticket.
Street cleaning (or alternate side parking) is managed by the Hoboken Parking Utility, and parking officers operate under a 20-minute rule that requires them to write tickets every twenty minutes. Part of this is because parking spaces in Hoboken are severely limited compared to the number of residents. In addition, the city of Hoboken issues twice as many parking permits as there are spaces and requires anyone parked on a Hoboken street for longer than 4 hours to have a permit.
When street cleaning occurs, the city statute mandates that no vehicle may be parked or idled on the curb. Street cleaning rules are suspended on government holidays and during episodes of severe weather.
If it snows, your car still may not be safe from tickets and tows. Street Cleaning will typically be restored after a heavy snowfall to remove snow and ice from curbside lanes as quickly as possible. Visit our real-time map of Hoboken to see whether street cleaning is currently being enforced.
Street cleaning occurs throughout the day Monday thru Friday, once a week on either side of every street. When you park on the street, be sure to check the signs nearest you to determine whether street parking is occurring. The schedule can change radically between blocks, so keeping up with it is difficult, even for residents.
It is common practice for drivers to move their cars for the street sweeper and move them back after it has passed, but be wary. Nowhere in the city municipal code does it state that drivers are allowed to park on streets designated for street cleaning when the restriction is in effect, even after the cleaning itself has been completed.
In 2018, violating street cleaning Hoboken will cost you $45! It is also the most issued type of ticket among Hoboken parking tickets.
So how do I avoid getting a Hoboken Street Cleaning Ticket?
This ticket is common for a couple of reasons.
The green and white parking signs can be confusing to visitors and residents alike. It’s easy to pay attention to the coloring of the sign but miss the street cleaning hours posted near the top of the sign.
In addition, many people forget about street cleaning because they don’t have it written down or set up on their calendar to remind themselves when to move their cars.
The SpotAngels app is the easiest way to make sure your car is safe from being ticketed and is increasingly used by Hoboken residents. The app connects to the car’s Bluetooth and runs in the background to automatically set a reminder for street cleaning in Hoboken each time the vehicle parks. The app is free and available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
In residential areas, street cleaning in Hoboken is suspended during the legal holidays below:
|Start Date||Parking Holiday||End Date|
|2023-01-01||New Year's Day||2023-01-01|
|2023-01-16||Martin Luther King, Jr. Day||2023-01-16|
|2023-11-25||Day after Thanksgiving||2023-11-25|
If you’re still confused about what the different colored signs on Hoboken streets mean, or whether you can park somewhere for more than four hours, read our ultimate guide to Hoboken parking.