Santa Monica City Hall (File photo)

Street sweeping is set to begin again in Santa Monica this week and citations will be issued for parking violations beginning Aug. 3.

Street sweeping was first suspended on March 17 under the City’s fourth supplemental emergency order. This action was intended to slow the spread of the disease by removing the requirement that community members move their cars to help them stay at home more easily.

Santa Monica’s nineteenth supplemental order, issued on June 29th, allowed street sweeping citations to resume. This means street sweeping in beach parking lots and the Downtown area will continue as scheduled, but street sweeping in residential areas will only occur once per month during the first full week of every month.

Residents are expected to move their cars on assigned sweeping days, according to city officials. Cars that are not moved will be subject to a $72 citation.

The City government informed residents that citations resumed in July through a press release, several SM alerts, physical notices on cars, their weekly SAMO newsletter, social media posts, and notices in local papers and blogs, City spokesperson Constance Farrell said, mentioning the best way to stay up to date with community information is to sign up for SM alerts at

“Throughout the emergency, we have really been encouraging everyone to sign up for SM alerts because it’s the best way to get important information to your phone,” Farrell added this week. “It can be anything from a new order regarding a particular business type closing or reopening to street sweeping, to parking lots being closed. And, if there are major traffic incidents in town it lets people know to avoid certain streets.”

Residents can find out the street sweeping schedule in their neighborhood on the City’s interactive [Santa Monica Map](

In September, street sweeping is expected to occur from Tuesday, Sept. 8, until Friday, Sept. 11. Streets scheduled to be swept on Monday will be cleaned on Sept. 14, since the seventh is Labor Day. In October, the City will conduct sweeping from the fifth to the ninth.