Street Cleaning is managed by San Francisco Public Works that is in charge of sweeping the streets weekly or twice per month in residential areas and at least once per week in commercial areas. To enable the city employees to clean streets, residents must move their cars and property owners must make sure the tree in front of their home is trimmed up to 14 feet.
There are usually signs on the side of the street informing when street cleaning is enforced. The street cleaning schedule can change radically between blocks, so even for residents it is hard to keep up with it. In residential areas, street sweeping tends to happen any time from the early morning to the afternoon. In commercial areas, street sweeping usually happens at night. You can check our SF street cleaning map to find the hours for your street.
In this article, KQED interviewed officer Denise Golden who described the SFMTA street cleaning process in 4 steps:
Apparently only the steps 3 and 4 are applied city-wide. The decision to apply the full 4-steps process includes a variety of factors, like which street is being cleaned, which district the street is in, time of year, and if there are special events and what has been requested.
It’s safe to park only if you’ve seen a parking ticket officer citing un-moved cars followed by the street sweeper (if you’ve never seen one it is the heavy truck with big brushes and large vacuum tubes). If you have a doubt, you’d better not park to avoid a street cleaning SF violation.
In 2020, violating street cleaning SF will cost you $76! The fine has gone up from $68 (2016) and increases on a yearly basis. It is also the most issued type of ticket among SF parking tickets.
The most ticketed area is Mission St. between 1st and 2nd Street. Almost $300,000 in street cleaning fines were issued on that block in 2016.
There are two main reasons why this ticket is so common:
A few services to track the San Francisco street cleaning schedule are currently available. San Francisco Public Works issued a street sweeping schedule. They also have a map but the search is very complicated and it’s not mobile-friendly. Other companies offer a SF street cleaning map but the data is often missing or inaccurate.
The SpotAngels app is the easiest way to deal with the issue and is used by thousands of SF residents. The app connects to the car’s bluetooth and runs in the background to AUTOMATICALLY set a reminder for street cleaning SF 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 SF is suspended during the legal holidays below.
In areas with 7-day night street sweeping (mostly commercial areas), street cleaning SF is suspended only on the 3 holidays: New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day,Christmas Day.
To figure out which streets don’t have street cleaning SF during the holidays, you can use our SF street cleaning map.
Alternatively, you can follow our Twitter account @SFParkingAlerts to be notified when there is a street cleaning holiday in San Francisco.
SF Street Cleaning Holidays for 2020
On all the other days, move your car to avoid expensive SF parking tickets!