Seasonal Street Sweeping to Begin April 2
Residential seasonal street sweeping begins Tuesday, April 2, and Denver Public Works needs your help to keep the Mile High City clean! Denver Public Works Street Maintenance crews sweep residential streets from April through November during the first four weeks of the month and challenges you to SHOW YOUR PRIDE AND MOVE YOUR RIDE on your sweeping day!  
Residents are encouraged to pay attention to the red and white signs posted on their block for street sweeping parking restrictions so that Public Works can provide the best street sweeping service possible. Residential streets in Denver are only swept once per month where posted (not every block has restrictions), so please be sure to move your vehicle according to the signs on your block to avoid a $50.00 parking citation. 

Remember to always follow the sweeping time restrictions on your block and refrain from parking during the restricted times posted, even if it appears a sweeper has cleaned the street, as sweepers may need to return to the area for additional sweeping. 

Want a helpful reminder about your street sweeping day? Denver Public Works has you covered!
  • Sign up to receive a free email reminder of your street sweeping day. Visit and click on the “Show Your Pride, Move Your Ride” sweeper icon to sign up. Be sure you know what day of the week your sweeping day falls on (for example, “the 3rd Thursday of the month”) so that you can enter it when you sign-up. The day of the week when street sweeping takes place on your street is listed on the red and white street sweeping signs.  
  • Request “No Parking” sticker reminders for your calendar by calling Denver’s customer service line at 3-1-1. Street sweeping plays a critical role in keeping Denver’s streets, air and water clean. Denver Public Works Street Maintenance Street Sweeping Program removes dirt, leaves and debris from City streets, which reduces air and water pollution and supports a clean environment. Last year, Denver street sweeping crews swept 107,613 lane miles of Denver streets and collected 42,324 cubic yards of dirt and debris.

Denver Public Works Street Sweeping program consists of 26 street sweepers (plus four backup units) and 10 dump trucks. The sweepers simultaneously mist the street while rotating brooms sweep debris and dust up into the unit (the hopper). When the hopper is full, the contents are transferred to a dump truck to be taken to the landfill. 

Other Parking Tips from Denver Public Works: Street Sweeping violations can cost you $50.00, so it’s important for the environment and for your wallet to SHOW YOUR PRIDE AND MOVE YOUR RIDE on street sweeping day. 

Here are other helpful tips to avoid other parking citations in Denver: 

  • Residential Parking Restrictions – A residential parking permit exempts a resident’s vehicle from the posted, on-street parking time limit restrictions only on the block in which the vehicle owner resides. If you park on a block where the permit is not valid, you must follow the posted parking regulations or you may be cited. Remember, even cars with residential parking permits must move their vehicles on the posted street sweeping day. 
  • Curb violations – Parking too close to the curb or on top of a curb or the sidewalk area can result in a citation. When vehicles are parked on a curb in this manner, they can impede safe sight lines and impact pedestrian traffic on the sidewalk.  In addition, vehicles should not park farther than 18 inches from the curb so as not to obstruct vehicle or bicycle traffic in the travel lane.
  • Distance from driveway - When parking next to an alley or driveway, be sure to allow at least five feet from the curb cut to the end of your vehicle. Having a vehicle too close to an alley or driveway can cause a collision when drivers or emergency vehicles are trying to access an entrance and may result in a citation.
  • Distance from an intersection – No matter where you park, make sure your car is more than 20 feet from an intersection. This ordinance is meant to keep Denver’s intersections safe by allowing drivers to see in all directions. It also is important for pedestrian safety. 

Posted on March 28, 2013 (Archive on May 27, 2013)
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