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.
|Neighborhood||Sweeping Day of Week and Frequency|
|Bel Air, Portesuello, W. Valerio||2nd and 4th Fridays, 8 AM – 12 noon|
|Eastside (High School & Milpas area)||Monday and Tuesday every week, hours as posted, one side of street per day|
|Eastside - Upper (within State, Constance, Garden, Valerio)||1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 8 AM -12 noon|
|Hidden Valley||2nd and 4th Fridays, 8 AM - noon|
|Mesa – Upper, east of Meigs||1st and 3rd Fridays, 8 AM – noon or as posted|
|Mesa – Lower, east and west of Meigs||1st and 3rd Fridays 8 AM – noon or as posted|
|Mesa – Upper, west of Meigs||2nd and 4th Fridays 8 AM – noon or as posted|
|Peachgrove||2nd and 4th Tuesdays 8 AM – noon|
|Samarkand||1st and 3rd Mondays 9 AM – noon as posted|
|San Roque - east of Ontare||2nd and 4th Mondays 8 AM – noon or as posted|
|San Roque - west of Ontare||2nd and 4th Tuesdays 8 AM – noon or as posted|
|Sea Ranch Campanil Braemar||2nd and 4th Fridays 8 AM – noon|
|West Beach||Wednesday and Thursday, hours as posted, one side of street per day.|
|Westside||Wednesday and Thursday, hours as posted, one side of street per day.|
Rain and holidays are the two main reasons street sweeping may be canceled. The Street Sweeping Hotline at 897-1903 will announce all cancelations. When sweeping is canceled, parking enforcement in the street sweeping no-parking zones is also canceled. You can hear an announcement of daily sweeping status on the Street Sweeping Hotline at 897-1903. After a cancelation, the next sweep is on the next regularly scheduled day and time; there is no automatic schedule shift to the next day.
Street sweeping is usually canceled when runoff fills the gutters. Steady rain, not just showers, is needed to warrant cancelation. Once the announcement of cancelation is made on the hotline, parking enforcement during the times posted in sweeping zones is canceled for the rest of that day. Please do not assume that any rain means automatic cancelation; check the street sweeping hotline at 897-1903 to be sure, and then park.
A message will be on the hotline announcing a holiday sweeping cancelation and parking enforcement in sweeping zones will be canceled that day.
In 2013 street sweeping will be canceled on the following holidays:
|January 1, 2013||Tuesday, New Year’s Day|
|January 21, 2013||Monday, Martin Luther King Day|
|February 18, 2013||Monday, Presidents Day|
|May 27, 2013||Monday, Memorial Day|
|July 4, 2013||Thursday, Independence Day|
|September 2, 2013||Monday, Labor Day|
|November 28, 2013||Thursday, Thanksgiving Day|
|December 25, 2013||Wednesday, Christmas Day|