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Streets & Sanitation
Street sweeping signs posted on your block are enforced from April 1st to November 30th. Find out when the Street Sweeper will be in your area.
For information regarding residential garbage collection, visit the Department of Streets and Sanitation website.
A vehicle can be classified as abandoned if it meets one or more of the following criteria:
• Is located on a public way in a state of disrepair as to be incapable of being driven in its present condition.
• Has not been moved or used for more than seven consecutive days and is apparently deserted.
• Has been left on the public way without state registration or a temporary state registration placard for two or more days.
To report an abandoned vehicle please contact our office.
For information regarding Traffic Services and Towing, please visit the Department of Streets and Sanitation website.
Rodent Control (Rodent Baiting)
One of the City's most effective ways to combat rodents is containerization. Because the residents we service use heavy duty plastic carts with tight fitting lids to contain garbage, residents are able to cut off one of the main sources of food in an urban rat's diet. These carts are free and are distributed by the department's Bureau of Sanitation. Use of these free carts, combined with the rodenticide we strategically place deep inside a rat's burrow, are the key reasons for the decline of rats in our city. If rats can't feed, rats can't breed.
Trees are one of Chicago's most important natural resources. They provide beauty, shade and help to clean the air. But like any natural resource in an urban setting, they need care. Chicago has more than 500,000 parkway trees and each is maintained by the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation Bureau of Forestry.
The Bureau of Forestry trims thousands of trees a year, plants new trees along the public right-of-way, addresses insect and disease problems, and otherwise promotes tree health throughout the City of Chicago.
One of the most recognizable images of the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation is that of our Snow Fighting Trucks plowing and salting city roadways during a Chicago snow storm. In fact, every time our full main fleet of Snow Fighting Trucks does just one pass of our entire route system they have traveled some 9,456 total lane miles.
Visitors to downtown Chicago might recognize our "Street Ops" personnel as the people who hand sweep street waste or use our familiar "Green Machines" to keep our sidewalks clean.
Follow the snow plows live during any snow event:
Block Party Permit Information
Permits to close a street for the purpose of holding a block party is requested by a resident of the block through their Aldermanic Offices. These permits are issued free of charge. Issued permits will be sent back to the Aldermanic Office to be distributed to the applicant.
The below link will direct you to the form that can be used to request a block party permit. Individual Wards may require additional information so you should check with you Ward prior to filling out this document. Completed applications are to be returned to the Aldermanic Office where the event is taking place.