Winter Street Sweeping

On Thursday, January 18, the City of Lancaster received a lot of feedback from residents regarding street sweeping enforcement. According to the Lancaster Parking Authority, the number of tickets given during street sweeping enforcement was unusually high. Residents from all neighborhoods seemed confused about whether street sweeping was happening given the build-up of ice and snow along the parking lanes and curbs lines.

Street sweeping is a requirement of the City's state permit for our sewer collection system, even when there is snow or ice. While you may not see what the street sweeper is picking up, it does pick up dirt and debris, including pieces of asphalt and stone from potholes, which can further damage our streets.

Residents are advised to assume that street sweeping is happening unless specifically canceled or if the City declares a Snow Emergency. If unsure, they should call the City’s Streets Hotline at (717) 735-3300 ext. 3921 for a daily update of street cleaning operations. Cancellations will be posted on the City's website, Facebook, Twitter and Nextdoor.

Mayor Sorace has issued a once-in-a-lifetime voidance of street sweeping violation tickets from Thursday, January 18 only. If street sweeping violation tickets have already been paid, residents should seek a refund from the Lancaster Parking Authority. 

“The Lancaster Parking Authority was doing their job, and so was the Department of Public Works,” said Mayor Sorace.  “However, we need to do a better job in letting residents know when street sweeping rules are in effect and remind residents to assume they are in effect unless otherwise notified."