Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter III. Streets, Public Rights of Way, and Public Property.


§ 1–305.01. Cleaning streets, alleys, and avenues; maintenance of sewers.

The sweeping, cleaning, and removing all refuse and filthy accumulations in the streets, alleys, and avenues of the City of Washington, and the repairs and cleaning of the sewers, are necessary municipal objects, which belong to the current expenses of the same, to be paid for in money as other ordinary municipal expenses.


(Mar. 1, 1875, 18 Stat. 337, ch. 117; Feb. 11, 1895, 28 Stat. 650, ch. 79.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-329.

1973 Ed., § 1-235.

Cross References

Collection and disposal of garbage, see § 8-701 et seq.

Highways and sewers, regulations governing repair, see § 9-101.01.

Removal of snow and ice, public property, see § 9-601 et seq.


§ 1–305.02. Sale of street sweepings authorized.

The Mayor of the District of Columbia is authorized to sell sweepings from the streets, the amounts realized from such sales to be deposited in the treasury, to the credit of the General Fund of the District of Columbia.


(Apr. 27, 1904, 33 Stat. 373, ch. 1628; Feb. 22, 1921, 41 Stat. 1144, ch. 70, § 7; June 28, 1944, 58 Stat. 533, ch. 300, § 18; Sept. 13, 1982, 96 Stat. 877, Pub. L. 97-258, § 5(b).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-330.

1973 Ed., § 1-236.

Change in Government

This section originated at a time when local government powers were delegated to a Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia (see Acts Relating to the Establishment of the District of Columbia and its Various Forms of Governmental Organization in Volume 1). Section 401 of Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1967 (see Reorganization Plans in Volume 1) transferred all of the functions of the Board of Commissioners under this section to a single Commissioner. The District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, 87 Stat. 818, § 711 ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.11), abolished the District of Columbia Council and the Office of Commissioner of the District of Columbia. These branches of government were replaced by the Council of the District of Columbia and the Office of Mayor of the District of Columbia, respectively. Accordingly, and also pursuant to § 714(a) of such Act ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.14(a)), appropriate changes in terminology were made in this section.


§ 1–305.03. Maintenance of lights outside city limits.

The Mayor of the District of Columbia shall have power to erect light, and maintain lamp posts, with lamps, outside of the city limits, when, in his judgment, it shall be deemed proper or necessary.


(June 11, 1878, 20 Stat. 104, ch. 180, § 3.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-328.

1973 Ed., § 1-234.

Cross References

Lighting of streets and bridges, regulations, see §§ 9-301 and 9-507.

Change in Government

This section originated at a time when local government powers were delegated to a Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia (see Acts Relating to the Establishment of the District of Columbia and its Various Forms of Governmental Organization in Volume 1). Section 401 of Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1967 (see Reorganization Plans in Volume 1) transferred all of the functions of the Board of Commissioners under this section to a single Commissioner. The District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, 87 Stat. 818, § 711 ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.11), abolished the District of Columbia Council and the Office of Commissioner of the District of Columbia. These branches of government were replaced by the Council of the District of Columbia and the Office of Mayor of the District of Columbia, respectively. Accordingly, and also pursuant to § 714(a) of such Act ( D.C. Code § 1-207.14(a)), appropriate changes in terminology were made in this section.