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Spring Clean-up street sweeping FAQ

About the Spring Clean-up program

  1. What is a parking ban?
  2. How does weather affect Spring Clean-up?

Citizen participation

  1. What can I do to help?
  2. What can you do if you notice that debris has been left behind?
  3. What if you leave your vehicle on the road?

Schedule and timing

Spring Clean-up starts in April and runs for approximately 12 weeks. The schedule where you will be able to find your community clean-up date will be coming soon.

  1. I live in a new subdivision and my road didn't get cleaned. Why not?
  2. Will The City clean winter sanding materials off sidewalks and boulevards?

About the Spring Clean-up program

1. What is a parking ban?

A parking ban is in effect when a “No Parking” sign is placed on a road during Spring Clean-up. Any vehicle that has not been removed from the area will be tagged and towed to a nearby road if space is available, or to the City of Calgary’s impound lot. Vehicles are fined and towed only if a “No Parking” sign is in effect. The City of Calgary, Roads pays for towing; the vehicle owner pays the parking ticket and impound fee, if applicable.

2. How does weather affect Spring Clean-up?

The weather can affect the Spring Clean-up schedule. Sweeping activities are suspended in case of rain or snow storms. If we do experience a late spring snow storm City crews will carry out Snow and Ice Control. Sweeping will resume after the roads dry.

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Citizen participation

3. What can I do to help?

Your help is very important to the success of the program. The City relies on the cooperation of vehicle owners to watch for street cleaning signs and remove their vehicles and garbage or recycling carts from the roads being cleaned. This is a short-term convenience for the good of the city.

  • Watch for signs in your community indicating when your road is scheduled for clean-up. Or, try the street cleaning map
  • Remove vehicles from the road for the posted dates and times so that the road can be cleaned. Vehicle owners may have to park outside the area of the road being swept.
  • Move your vehicle to an area that will not obstruct the entrances to private property or impede access for emergency vehicles and garbage collection.
  • Blue and black carts left on the street can interfere with Spring Clean-up. Place your cart on the sidewalk or grass boulevard next to the curb on the week your street is scheduled for cleaning. If your cart is picked up from a back lane, put it in the same place as normal. Make sure to leave at least one metre between the cart and surrounding objects. 
  • Be sure to remove non-standard, prohibited driveway ramps from the curb and gutter of a road that provides access to a front driveway onto private property. 

4. What can you do if you notice that debris has been left behind?

If debris is left behind because a car or cart has not been moved and you want to be a good neighbour, you can sweep the debris yourself. If you decide to sweep missed debris yourself, please follow these suggestions from Waste & Recycling:

  • When cleaning up gravel, dust, rocks and other debris put all materials into a garbage bag. This will help keep the air free of dust and keep our collection vehicles clean as well.
  • Rocks and other material may be heavy and needs to be double-bagged to avoid punctures and rips in the bags.
  • For your collector’s safety, make sure your bags are not overweight and place all debris inside your black cart for removal.

 

5. What if you leave your vehicle on the road?

Vehicles are fined and towed only if a "No Parking" sign (i.e. parking ban) is in effect. The Parking Ban Signs (No Parking Signs) are the small 3-feet high signs that have the No Parking symbol on them. The City of Calgary, Roads pays for towing; the vehicle owner pays the parking ticket and impound fee, if applicable. When the street cleaning signs are up and vehicles are still on the road, crews will sweep around vehicles. Note: Crews will not come back to sweep the street again, so it’s important to move your vehicle.

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Schedule and timing

6. I live in a new subdivision and my road didn't get cleaned. Why not?

Subdivision roadways are the responsibility of the developer until they receive a Final Acceptance Certificate (FAC) from The City of Calgary. At that time, The City assumes responsibility for maintaining the subdivision’s roads.

7. Will The City be cleaning winter sanding materials off sidewalks and boulevards?

City crews clean sanding materials off sidewalks and boulevards on major roads only.

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