The City of Whittier provides its residents with street sweeping service as an effort to maintain a healthy, safe and clean environment for our community. Street sweeping services support our efforts to comply with the Federal Clean Water Act and to conform to the National Pollutants Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)’s Best Management Practices to protect our storm water drain system.
Parking restrictions are not enforced on the following holidays:
- New Year's Day
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- Presidents' Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Veterans Day
- Day After Thanksgiving
- Christmas Day
We operate two (2) street sweepers daily. These sweepers are responsible for visiting and cleaning every street on a bi-weekly basis. You should notice these sweepers going by your property frontage every other week. Their job is to pick up litter and debris that are deposited along the roadway as well as the gutter areas.
The sweepers begin working in the early morning hours, usually around 5:30 AM and run until 2:00 PM Monday through Friday. Our sweepers also respond to your requests, as available, for additional sweeping under special or unusual circumstances.
Some Of The Difficulties
Our job seems pretty straightforward, but nevertheless we encounter difficulty on a daily basis.
First, we constantly encounter parked cars along our sweeping routes. This problem is most apparent in multi-family residential neighborhoods, especially around high-density apartment developments. Parked cars interfere with our ability to clean the gutter area where the majority of litter and debris accumulates.
Second, many residents or their landscaping gardeners, blow off large piles of leaves and debris into the gutter areas for our sweepers to pick them up. You may not be aware that our sweepers are not designed to pick up large piles of leaves. Also, it should be noted that disposing such an act is in violation of the Federal Clean Water Act. Violators can be cited and fined for thousands of dollars for deliberately causing debris to run into the County’s storm drain system. Residents and their gardeners should make every effort to deposit the debris into the trash container.
A Pro-Active Approach
To deliver effective street sweeping services on your street, the City has developed a procedure for you to establish a “NO PARKING” zone on street sweeping days. The designated zone will be posted at the end of the block and parking compliance will be enforced by the Whittier Police Department.
All parking regulations are established by the City's Parking and Transportation Commission (PTC). You can obtain a petition form from the Public Works Department and circulate it around your neighborhood. You should secure the signatures of your city block supporting the posting of the "NO PARKING" sign prohibiting on-street parking on the street sweeping day. A majority of support is needed.
The petition shall be submitted to the Public Works Department for verification of the percentage of supporters. A report, with the petition, will be forwarded to the Parking and Transportation Commission for review and action.
You may download a petition form to establish “NO PARKING” zones or call (562) 567-9500 to request the form.
It is our experience that resident initiated petitions allow neighborhoods to participate at the early stage of the issue. It also encourages and promotes a better understanding of the desires of your neighbors. It is an effective way to reach a consensus and secure a "buy-in" from the neighborhood.
Once the PTC approves your request, staff will order the appropriate signs for posting in your neighborhood. To avoid the proliferation of signs, we will only install one sign at the beginning of each residential block. The sign will indicate the “time and day” that parking is prohibited. Normally, it will take about 3 to 4 weeks to have the signs fabricated and installed.
The Whittier Police Department will be responsible for enforcing the established parking zones. All vehicles that are parked in violation of the posted sign will be cited and fined.
For Street Sweeping Operating Schedule call (562) 567-9530.