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Learn how SWEEP keeps Philadelphia clean through education and enforcement.
Learn about the Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee (PMBC), and what they are doing to keep our streets clean and safe.


Complying with SWEEP rules and Sanitation regulations is a smart way to avoid fines and keep your city clean while you do it. Here’s a list of important things to know about SWEEP code compliance, with links to more detailed information:


If you are a resident, learn more for trash and recycling guidelines.

Business Owners

If you are a business owner, learn more for trash and recycling guidelines. Business owners must also:


Clean Your Sidewalk

  • Your property and sidewalk must be kept free of trash and litter. Sweep litter into proper containers, never into the street
  • Businesses selling food for takeout should provide trash receptacles at all points of access
  • Property owners are responsible for informing tenants of the City of Philadelphia's guidelines for trash collection

Report A Problem

Having a problem? Request a street cleaning

Clear Away Snow and Ice

Within six hours of the end of a snowfall or freezing rain, you must clear a path at least 36 inches wide on your sidewalk. Do not shovel or sweep the snow into the street. The penalty for violating this regulation can range from a minimum fine of $50 up to $300 for each violation.

Clean and Related Services Provided by other City Agencies

Abandoned Cars:

Police Department

Abandoned Houses:

Department of Licenses & Inspections

Littered Lots:

Department of Licenses & Inspections

Water/Sewer Inlet Cleaning:

Water Department