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Citizen Snow Removal Responsibilities

Citizen Snow and Ice Removal Responsibilities printable brochure.

Sidewalk shoveling

Snow and ice can be dangerous for all ages, but especially for children, the elderly, and persons with disabilities who are more susceptible to injury. When sidewalks are not cleared of snow and ice, pedestrians will often leave the snow and ice covered sidewalks and move out into the street creating a safety concern.    This safety concern is amplified when children on their way to or from school or to and from the bus are walking in the street because sidewalks are not passable.

  • For these reasons, property owners in unincorporated Douglas County are required to remove snow and ice from the sidewalks adjacent to their property within 24 hours after it stops snowing.
  • Citizens are advised to place snow from their sidewalks and driveways on adjacent landscaped areas, and NOT in the public right-of-way.

Snow placement

  • Please do not place snow in the street because it will result in larger windrows in front of your home. Additionally, piles of snow in the area of the gutter will inhibit drainage resulting in buildups of ice in the gutter and on the sidewalk.
  • Citizens are advised to place all snow removed from sidewalks and driveways on adjacent landscaped areas. This practice will benefit the vegetation, reduce the amount of runoff, and will help to manage the amount of snow and ice in the street.

Vehicle Removal

  • Automobiles and other vehicles left parked on County roads during a winter storm make it difficult for snow plows to remove snow and ice.
  • Parked vehicles may be surrounded by a snow windrow which increases the potential for damage to these vehicles and to motorists driving around them.