Street sweeping is necessary to keep our streets and storm drains clean. Anything that is dumped into the storm drains will go to the ocean.
Street Sweeping Schedule
The streets in Torrance are swept Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Some major streets and industrial areas are swept during early morning hours to accommodate traffic.
The City implemented a new optimized sweeping schedule on June 9, 2014. The project is part of a larger three-phase water quality project designed to remove pollutants from storm water runoff. Phases 1 and 2 are complete and Phase 3 is in progress.
- Phase 1 - Retrofit catch basins with Automatic Retractable Screens (ARS) that are tributary to Machado Lake. The purpose of the screens is to keep trash out of catch basins.
- Phase 2 - Improve the Amie, Henrietta, and Entradero Detention Basins in West Torrance to provide natural treatment systems, improve groundwater recharge and provide the community more opportunities for walking trails.
- Phase 3 - Install approximately 6,600 street sweeping signs and posts that indicate times/days of the street sweeping routes. The City will install new signs on existing sign posts and street light poles wherever possible, and will only install the minimum number of signs needed based on sign visibility and roadway geometry. The project also involves installation of approximately 60 ARS to existing LA County catch basins.
For information on residential street sweeping by day, first identify your area on our Alternate Side Street Sweeping Areas map on the right.
Then, choose one of the following residential street sweeping maps:
- Monday Residential Street Sweeping Maps
- Tuesday Residential Street Sweeping Maps
- Wednesday Residential Street Sweeping Maps
- Thursday Residential Street Sweeping Maps
Street Sweeping Holiday Schedule
Parking regulations help keep vehicles off the streets so that street sweepers have clear access and can be effective. Parking regulations are clearly posted and are enforced throughout the year except on the following days:
- New Year's Eve
- New Year's Day
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- Lincoln's Birthday
- President's Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Veterans' Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Day after Thanksgiving
- Christmas Eve
- Christmas Day
The City of Torrance, Parking Enforcement Officers are responsible for enforcing the Street Sweeping “No Parking” regulations. The Parking Enforcement Officers do not follow the street sweeper. Residents are reminded to not park on the street during the “No Parking” regulation three hour block for street sweeping.
Parking Enforcement will suspend issuing of citations for street sweeping violations during the Winter holiday season, starting on the third Sunday of December and ending January 1st. During this time, residents are reminded that all vehicles determined to be in violation of a parking ordinance other than the street sweeping violation ordinance, will still be subject to a parking citation. Street sweeping operations will remain in effect throughout this period during the holiday period. We encourage residents to move their cars on a voluntary basis. It is essential to keep debris from entering the storm drain system, especially during the rain season. Please contact Traffic Division at (310) 618-5557 to answer any questions on street sweeping parking regulations.
Street sweeping may be canceled on rainy days. If streets are too wet, sweepers cannot remove debris. However, it is advised that you always move your vehicle in accordance with the posted street sweeping signs.
Red, white, yellow, and green painted curbs are always enforced, even on holidays.
What can you do?
- Avoid piling leaves or other debris in streets or gutters.
- Properly dispose of litter, keeping it out of streets, gutters, and storm drains.
- Keep the street in front of your home dry on street sweeping days. Street sweepers are more effective
when the street is dry.
- Don't rake, blow, or sweep leaves or other debris into the streets, gutters, alleys, or storm drains.
- Keep long twigs and branches out of the street, alley, and gutter. Street sweepers have difficulty removing this type of debris.
- Never pour oil, antifreeze, paints or any other liquids or hazardous materials in the streets, gutters, storm drains, alleys, or on the ground. Properly dispose of these materials.
Street Sweeping Keeps Debris Out of Storm Drains! Storm drains are meant to divert storm water from our streets and prevent flooding. They lead to the ocean. It's against the law to throw anything into the gutter
Frequently Asked Questions
Who monitors the work of the street sweepers?
- The Sanitation Division supervisory and management staff monitors the street sweepers through visual spot inspections and the use of GPS. Spot inspections allows us to see how effective the sweepers are performing and GPS enables us to monitor their speeds and route completion.
How fast should street sweepers sweep?
- The speed range for a sweeper to pick-up a moderate amount of debris is 8-12 mph based on manufacture’s recommendations. The sweeper may operate outside of this range depending on the amount of debris on the street. For example, a sweeper may travel at 4 mph to pick a heavy concentration of leaves. GPS reports show our sweepers traveling between 3-14 mph.
Why does the street sweeper go down my street without sweeping?
- While arriving or exiting an area, a sweeper may travel down a street at the posted speed limit. The sweeper is not sweeping at this time. The purpose of the alternate side street sweeping program is to provide parking on one side of the street while the alternate side is swept. Because of this, it is common to see a sweeper sweep one side of the street and exit the area at a faster rate while not sweeping. Large cul-de-sacs (10 homes or more) are a special case. These cul-de-sacs are split down the middle and swept on different days to provide parking. This may give the appearance of the sweeper skipping an area.
What are the parking restrictions for street sweeping?
- Torrance restricts parking from 4:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. in commercial/industrial areas and in three-hour blocks in residential areas starting at 8:00 a.m. and concluding at 5:00 p.m.
When does the street sweeper sweep around schools?
- The City’s sweeping routes were developed by a company that specializes in routing. One of the factors that was considered in the routing algorithms is the drop-off and pick-up schedule for schools. Sweeping is performed outside of the drop-off and pick-up windows and staff have worked with schools individually to increase parking in the surrounding area to enable access to the school.
Will there be a grace period for residents after the installation of street sweeping signs?
- Parking enforcement is suspended for 3 weeks after sign installation to allow residents to become accustomed to the parking schedule. Warning tickets may be issued during this grace period.
Will parking be allowed on narrow streets when street sweeping is in effect? Why not?
- The City restricts parking for 3-hours per week to provide sweepers adequate access to the curb where trash and debris collects and to maximize the effectiveness of the sweeper. We encourage residents to park in their driveways for that 3-hour period.
Will there be any exceptions for medical reasons, including those with handicap placards?
- No exceptions are made.
How much are violations per incident and where are the proceeds directed?
- The fine for a NO PARKING street sweeping citation is $43. Twelve dollars and fifty cents is deducted for the Superior Court allocation, $2.73 is deducted for processing by the City of Inglewood and the remainder pays for parking enforcement, enforcement administration, vehicle repair and other support services.
When street sweeping is cancelled due to inclement weather such as rain, will ticketing be suspended? How will residents be notified?
- Street sweeping is suspended when we determine that rain intensity is too high for our sweepers to be effective. Public Works immediately notifies the Police Department to stop issuing citations when the decision is made to stop sweeping. The public should check the Street Sweeping main page to see the status of sweeping and corresponding enforcement activities.
How will construction-related vehicles be accommodated?
- Construction related vehicles must obey the parking enforcement signs.
Is it okay to blow or sweep landscaping debris on to the street?
- No, this activity is prohibited according to Municipal Code 43.4.3 which states, “No person shall sweep or otherwise move any litter from private property into or onto any public street, park or place.” We recommend depositing your landscaping debris in the City provided greenwaste container.
- HEAL THE BAY on storm drain system and pollution problems.
- LA County Stormwater Pollution Prevention.