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Street Sweeping Schedule   Street Sweeping Cancellations 


  • Regular street sweeping occurs on about 80% of Santa Barbara’s 254 miles of paved streets within the Santa Barbara city limits.
  • Sweeping frequency is tied to accumulation of debris, density of population, and usage, and is scheduled from as often as four times per week to twice a month.
  • Residential neighborhoods are swept during the daytime, and the commercial and arterial routes and downtown business areas are swept at night.
  • The street sweepers annually remove approximately 1,850 tons of debris, trash, and other harmful constituents that would have otherwise ended up in the storm drains, creeks, and eventually in the ocean. 
  • If your street or block is not in a regular sweeping program, it is probably because the street is too narrow or too steep for the street sweeper truck; nevertheless, if debris is a problem, please contact the Streets office or the Street Sweeping Hotline to request a special clean up.  To assist in efficient sweeping, please remove all vehicles and obstructions such as trash cans and leaf piles from the street in front of your house during your scheduled sweeping time.   
Last Updated: Feb 22, 2016