Street Sweeping Parking Restriction
Updated November 8, 2010
The Cerritos Municipal Code prohibits parked vehicles from blocking the weekly street sweeper on specified days and during specified times. The impetus for the restriction was the growing numbers of complaints by residents that sweepers are routinely unable to sweep the gutters in front of homes because parked cars block the sweeper.
The City Council was asked to consider an ordinance prohibiting parked vehicles from blocking street sweepers for the following reasons: Cerritos was the only city in the region without some form of restriction prohibiting vehicles from blocking sweepers; there was a growing chorus of complaints by residents, verified by Community Safety Division staff, about this problem; and state and federal environmental regulations require proper sweeping of gutters, which was difficult to accomplish in Cerritos. The Council approved the ordinance with the stipulation that there would be an extensive public education campaign informing residents about the new ordinance.
To that end, this information is posted on our City’s website along with maps showing the days and the specific four-hour period each day where it is a violation to park and block the sweeper. By clicking on the day the sweeper services a particular housing tract, residents can identify the particular four-hour block of time when parking is prohibited on their street. No parking signs are posted at the entrances to every housing tract. Violators will be issued a citation, the fine of which is $25. No citation will be issued unless a parked vehicle is observed blocking a street sweeper. It should also be noted that the restriction will not be enforced during weeks when there is an official federal holiday.
If anyone has questions about this ordinance, our Community Safety Division staff can be contacted at (562) 916-1245.