Street Sweeping

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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.

Sweeping Map 2014 Street Sweeping Schedule Maps

For information on residential street sweeping by day, first identify your area on our Alternate Side Street Sweeping Areas map on the left.

Then, choose one of the following 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

Parking Enforcement 

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 raining season.  Please contact Traffic Division at (310) 618-5557 to answer any questions on street sweeping parking regulations. 

Rainy Days

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

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