Streets

Contact Info Department of Public Service
111 N. Front Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Office :  (614) 645-3111
Fax :  (614) 645-7805
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The Division of Infrastructure Management's Street Maintenance Section sweeps streets from early April through the last week of October. The street sweeping program is focused on mitigating environmental concerns to prevent pollution from entering our waterways and to advance the city’s sustainability goals.

Street Sweeping

The City of Columbus has updated its annual street sweeping program to ensure an equitable approach to cleaning debris and pollutants along curbed streets before they reach local streams and harm water quality.

The update coincides with the Department of Public Utilities seeking renewal in 2022 of the city’s Municipal Separate Storm System, or MS4, permit, required by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Most areas of the city have separate sanitary and storm sewer pipes. Storm sewer discharges to streams, rivers and lakes with no treatment.

The Ohio EPA recognizes street sweeping as a pollution prevention practice. Sweeping helps to improve water quality. It addresses two pollutants of concern — sediment and phosphorous — affecting local watersheds, including the Olentangy River, Big Walnut Creek and Big Darby Creek.

The permit renewal process has given the city an opportunity to develop a data-driven approach to street sweeping. 

Using data from the Division of Refuse Collection’s annual Litter Index of all city streets, additional sweeping will occur on residential and arterial streets in high debris zones to prevent litter and pollutants from entering storm sewers and harming water quality.

Street Sweeping Fact Sheet

    Effective in April 2022:

    • The city will sweep all curbed streets at least two times during street sweeping season each year.
    • Current signage posted to restrict parking during street sweeping dates/times will be removed in all areas except in the University District. Signs with posted parking restrictions will remain and be enforced there to allow for effective sweeping.

    • If needed, temporary signage for street sweeping notification may be installed in areas where on-street parking demand impacts the ability for optimal sweeping to occur

      The street sweeping program may continue to be refined as the city determines additional data collection that further identifies areas of high surface pollutants impacting our waterways.

     

    To find out if and when street sweeping crews will visit your neighborhood, please type your address into the “Street Sweeping Schedules and Reminders” search window above.  You will receive one of two message types

    1) If street sweeping is scheduled for your area, the next date in which sweeping is scheduled will appear.   You will also be presented with the option for signing up for automated reminders for future street sweeping events in your area.  Just select the “Get a Reminder” or “Get a Calendar” button and follow the instructions to sign up for the notification method of your choice

    2) If you are outside the City of Columbus or not currently in the city’s sweeping program, you will receive a message stating that “The City of Columbus is not responsible for street sweeping within this area.”.

    Any comments and concerns regarding the online tool, or our street sweeping program, may be submitted by using the “Need Help?” tab.