Frequently asked questions

Spring cleanup

What parking restrictions are put in place during the spring cleanup operation?

Temporary No Parking signs may be placed on some streets to restrict parking when crews will be working.

Please note that not all streets require spring cleanup signage. The City only posts signs on streets where parked vehicles present a problem to street cleaning.

Vehicles parked in violation may be ticketed and towed to the towing company’s compound. The cost of a parking ticket is $150.00 ($112.50 if paid within 14 days), and the cost of a tow is $120.23.

You can now find out when street cleaning will be happening on your residential street by using the Know Your Zone app. Download the app on your mobile device for free at the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

Once the app is updated to the current version, add your address to your favourites and you’ll receive push notifications approximately 24-hours in advance of planned cleanup operations on your street.

You can also follow the progress of our spring cleanup activities by viewing our interactive residential streets cleanup status map.

What happens if I'm parked on a street with Temporary No Parking signs?

When the temporary signs are placed, our crews record vehicles already parked on the street.

Any cars parked after the signs are posted will be ticketed and towed to a compound at the vehicle owner's expense.

Vehicles parked prior to sign placement that are still parked when work commences may receive a courtesy tow to a nearby location. To find the location of a vehicle that received a courtesy tow, please contact 311.

What are the rules for Temporary No Parking sign placement for street cleaning?

Temporary No Parking signs are installed a minimum of 24 hours in advance of the cleanup operation. The City's guidelines for placement of Temporary No Parking signs is to place the first sign approximately 15 metres from an intersection and spacing subsequent signs between 50-100 metres, depending on obstruction to visibility. Signs will be placed more frequently in higher traffic areas with at least 4 signs per block.

How long does spring cleanup take?

The operation typically starts in mid-April, weather permitting, and continues for approximately 5-6 weeks.

If temperatures warm up earlier in April, some preliminary cleaning activities may be undertaken with a focus on the downtown area, major routes, bridges, and overpasses.

What gets cleaned during spring cleanup?

Between mid-April and early June crews clean sand and debris off selected roads, sidewalks, and active transportation pathways.

Boulevards and medians are cleared along selected regional roads, bus routes, and collector streets (also known as Priority 1 and Priority 2 streets).

Boulevards adjacent to residential streets (Priority 3) are cleaned when inspectors deem there to be excessive sand. Learn more about residential boulevard cleanup.

City parks are also cleaned of litter and debris.

How much does the spring cleanup operation cost?

The City spends approximately $6 million annually on city-wide spring cleanup operations.

Can I rake my yard waste material onto the street so the City can clean it up?

No. Residents are urged to not rake yard waste material or other debris onto streets as it can plug drains, cause ponding problems, and increase the risk of basement flooding.

Non-compostable debris should be put out for regular garbage collection. Compostable yard waste material (e.g., grass clippings, leaves), can be placed out for yard waste collection in any reusable containers without a lid, cardboard boxes, or paper yard waste bags.

More information on the curbside yard waste collection program is available at winnipeg.ca/yardwaste.

How much staff and equipment are used during spring cleanup?

The spring cleanup operation involves over 300 pieces of heavy equipment and approximately 500 workers.

Will sand on the boulevard of my residential street be cleaned?

Cleaning of sand on boulevards of residential streets is limited to areas where there is an excessive accumulation of sand. If you believe you meet the excessive sand volume criteria, please contact 311.

When do back lanes get cleaned?

Paved back lanes are swept once a year following the completion of the annual city-wide spring cleanup operation.

How often does the downtown get cleaned?

After the annual city-wide spring cleanup operation is completed, regional streets Downtown are flushed once a week, and swept three times a week. In addition, from June until October, sidewalks in the downtown are flushed once a week.

How often do regional streets get cleaned?

After the annual city-wide spring cleanup operation is completed, regional streets (Priority 1) are swept once a week at night.

Does the City pick up loose litter and paper left on the ground in the public right-of-way?

Crews pick up and dispose of loose litter and paper left on the ground, from the public right-of-way in the downtown, on main routes, and in parks from mid-April until October.

Know Your Zone app

What does the Know Your Zone app do?

You can now find out when street cleaning will be happening on your residential street by using the favourites feature of the Know Your Zone app.

In order to utilize the Spring Cleanup favourites feature for your residential street, you will need to update the Know Your Zone app to the current version. Download or update the app on your mobile device for free at the Apple App Store or Google Play app store.

Once the app is updated to the current version, add your residential street address to your favourites and you’ll receive spring cleanup alerts approximately 24-hours in advance of planned cleanup operations on your residential street.

Do I need to update the Know Your Zone app on my device to receive notifications about when crews will be cleaning my residential street?

Yes. You can now find out when street cleaning will be happening on your residential street by using the favourites feature of the Know Your Zone app.

In order to utilize the Spring Cleanup favourites feature for your residential street, you will need to update the Know Your Zone app to the current version. Download or update the app on your mobile device for free at the Apple App Store or Google Play app store.

Once the app is updated to the current version, add your address to your favourites and you’ll receive spring cleanup alerts approximately 24-hours in advance of planned cleanup operations on your street.

Now that I have downloaded the Know Your Zone app update, how do I access the spring cleanup notifications for my residential street?

Once the app is updated to the current version, add your residential street address to your favourites and you’ll receive spring cleanup alerts approximately 24-hours in advance of planned cleanup operations on your street.

How do I add a favourite?

When you search for an address and get a result screen, tapping the star at the top will add that address to your list of favourites.

How do I remove a favourite from the list?

Swiping left on the favourite address will give you the option to delete it from the list.

How do I set a location so that I receive a notification before cleanup operations start on my residential street?

Add your address to your favourites and you’ll receive spring cleanup alerts approximately 24-hours in advance of planned cleanup operations on your street.

Is there more than one Know Your Zone app?

There is only one official City of Winnipeg Know Your Zone app and it will state this when you view the information in the app store.

Which device is the Know Your Zone app compatible with? What operating system do I need to use the app?

The app is compatible with iPhone/iPad devices with operating systems iOS 11 or newer, and Android phones and tablets 5.1 (API level 22) or newer.

I am trying to download the free Know Your Zone app on my iPhone; why is it asking for my credit card information?

To download the free Know Your Zone app, you must have an Apple ID account.

For information on how to get an Apple ID, please visit:

Will there be a blackberry or windows mobile version of the Know Your Zone app?

There are no plans to develop a version of the app for Blackberry and Windows Mobile.

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