The street maintenance division of Los Angeles is responsible for the cleaning and maintenance of 6,500 miles of dedicated public streets. That’s 28,000 miles of lanes and 800 centerline miles of alleys in an area that spans more than 466 square miles!
But street cleaning schedules can make parking frustrating, especially when the street sweeper doesn’t actually come down your street but the ticket enforcement does. Keep reading to learn about L.A. street parking rules, and the tips and tricks you should know to avoid those tickets.
Parking enforcement is on high alert at all times, so If you run into signs like this one park elsewhere.
No parking due to street cleaning: Pay attention to posted signs to see when parking is restricted. The signs will be posted on street lamps and nearby trees and will give you the day of the week as well as the hours when parking is not allowed.
Unless you find parking signs that read “parking permitted after the street sweeper passes” or you’re willing to pay the fine, avoid street parking the entire time. L.A street sweepers are notorious for not actually doing their sweeping. Even if you don’t think the street sweeper will be coming down your street, people have reported finding tickets on their windshields regardless.
Street cleaning tickets in Los Angeles will cost you $73!
You’re in the right place. Check out this free street cleaning map. Simply type in the address you need to find out about in the search bar and check the sidebar to see when parking is restricted on your block.
There are plenty of city-recognized street cleaning holidays in Los Angeles. On the following holidays, all street cleaning is suspended throughout the city and you’re free to park in usually restricted zones:
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
November 23 – Black Friday
December 25 – Christmas Day
The easiest way to avoid tickets and keep track of parking meters, spot availability, and street cleaning schedules is by downloading the Spot Angels App. You can even set an alarm to remind you when street cleaning happens on your street.