Minneapolis Department of Public Works

Public Works

350 South 5th Street
RM 203 City Hall
Minneapolis, MN  55415-1390

Street Sweeping
Frequently Asked Questions

Why does Minneapolis sweep the streets?
Why do I need to move my car during street sweeping?

How will I know when my street will be swept?

When can I park on my street again?

Why can’t I sweep leaves into the street in Minneapolis?

How can I retrieve my car if it is towed?

What is an "Unscheduled Route" in the Street Lookup?

Why does Minneapolis sweep the streets?
Our goal is to keep our City clean and our neighborhoods livable. Learn about the environmental benefits of street sweeping.

Why do I need to move my car during street sweeping?
Moving vehicles off a street scheduled for sweeping allows City crews to thoroughly clean the street from curb-to-curb. One parked car equals nearly three car lengths of space that can’t be swept because the street sweeping equipment must leave room to avoid it. Crews post "No Parking" signs the day before they are scheduled for sweeping; if vehicles are not moved to make way for sweeping crews, they will be tagged and/or towed to the Minneapolis Impound Lot.

How will I know when my street will be swept?

Signs - City crews will post "No Parking" signs during the morning of the day before the street is actually swept. The signs are posted at least 24 hours before the sweeping begins. The signs specify the day that street sweepers will be on that block. For street sweeping scheduled on Mondays, "No Parking" signs are posted on the previous Friday.

Online – Try the new " Street Lookup

Phone Alerts - Minneapolis is using its Phone Alert System to notify City residents about street sweeping. Residents with listed telephone numbers may receive a telephone call the evening before their block is scheduled for street sweeping. The system will leave a short, pre-recorded message if the telephone is answered.

When can I park on my street again?
Parking is banned from 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM on the day a street is scheduled to be swept. "No Parking" signs will clearly indicate the day and times. City crews will remove the signs as soon as they are completely done sweeping the streets curb-to-curb. Do not park on the streets as long as there are "No Parking" signs posted and even if the street appears to have been cleared, because sweeping is completed in several stages.

Why can’t I sweep leaves into the street in Minneapolis
Residents should not rake their leaves and other debris into city streets – it’s bad for our lakes and waterways and it’s against the law (Title 17, § 427.270 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinance).

Leaves are natural but decomposing leaves on streets and sidewalks can wash into storm drains and eventually end up in Minneapolis’ lakes, streams and the Mississippi River. Leaves over-fertilize lake water and encourage harmful aquatic plants and algae to thrive. The result is murky lake water that isn’t good for swimming and fishing and which harms wildlife.

Collect and bag all yard waste and place it by your regular recycling and garbage containers. City crews will haul yard waste. Visit the Yard Waste Web page for more information or call (612) 673-2917.

How can I retrieve my car if it’s towed
If you discover your car is missing after the street sweeping operation, call the Minneapolis Impound Lot at (612) 673-5777 with your vehicle’s license plate number and last location where your vehicle was parked.

If your car was towed, visit the Minneapolis Impound Lot for their address and hours of operation. You will need to bring documents to prove the ownership of the vehicle. In addition to towing and storage charges, you will receive a parking ticket.

What is an "Unscheduled Route" in the Street Lookup?
There are many downtown streets and streets in other commercial areas that are routinely swept at night without the need to move parked vehicles. Some streets may have permanent parking restrictions that allow crews to sweep at any time. Therefore, they are not included in this service. These streets will be referred to as "Unscheduled Routes" in the Street Lookup.

Last updated Oct. 25, 2011