D.C.’s street cleaning program runs from March 1 to October 31. Drivers who park on streets during street sweeping hours until March 9 will only receive a warning ticket. After that, you have to pay the full amount of $45.
Each street has a street cleaning sign which indicates if the street cleaning program operates in the area. The sign will tell you which days and hours street sweepers are expected to pass. If you live in a residential neighborhood, you may recognize the small red ‘tint vacs’.
Street cleaning occurs throughout the day and depends on where you are in the city. Residential, commercial, and highly trafficked roads all operate on different hours. The easiest way to find out when street cleaning happens near you is to check out the D.C. street cleaning map.
“I saw the street sweeper pass two times already,” is not a good enough reason to move your car back to the street. Sometimes, a supervisor follows the cleaning truck and may request a second sweep.
Even if you see them pass before the two-hour time limit ends, they may come back for a second round to clear any leftovers. If you’re blocking their access, you may even get towed. Obeying the parking signs to a tee will help you avoid a parking ticket but also will make the job easier for street cleaning employees.
Street cleaning tickets in D.C. cost $45 and double after 30 days if they haven’t been paid.
Even street sweepers enjoy holidays off. No need to move your car if the street cleaning hours happen to fall on a nationally recognized holiday.
Washington D.C. Street Cleaning Holidays:
New Year’s Day Observed - January 1
Martin Luther King Jr. Day - January 21
Inauguration Day - January 20
Washington’s Day - February 18
DC Emancipation Day - April 16
Memorial Day - May 27
Independence Day - July 4
Labor Day - September 2
Columbus Day - October 14
Veterans Day Observed - November 11
Thanksgiving Day - November 28
Christmas Day - December 25