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Does the City have winter parking bans?

Are homeowner's responsible for removing snow and ice on city sidewalks?

What other responsibilities do residents have when it snows?

Will I get a ticket if my sidewalk is not shoveled or is icy?

Where do I put the snow from my sidewalk or driveway?

What do I do if a sidewalk is not shoveled or icy?

What should I do about ice?

What if I am physically unable to shovel my sidewalk?

 

Does the City have winter parking bans?

Yes.  You cannot park on a major street where there are snow emergency signs or on the side of a smaller street as indicated by signs during a Declared Snow Emergency.  To find out if a snow emergency has been declared, call 617 349-4700.

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Are homeowner's responsible for removing snow and ice on city sidewalks?

Yes. City ordinance requires a homeowner to remove snow from all sidewalks next to his/her residence within 12 hours after snow stops falling in the daytime and before 1pm when the snow has fallen during the night.  Homeowners must clear ice off sidewalks, or treat it with an ice-melting substance within 6 hours of the time it forms.

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What other responsibilities do residents have when it snows?

*Arrange for someone else to keep your sidewalks clear of ice and snow, if you go out of town.
*Clear snow to curb so that collection crews can access your trash barrels and recycling toters and they are not behind snow banks 
*Dig out fire hydrants and catch basins.
*Clear snow to curb so that collection crews can access your trash barrels and recycling toters and they are not behind snow banks.
*Always park your car at least 20' from street corners.  This is the law and it allows the plows to push snow away from crosswalks.
*If your home is on a corner, make openings in snow banks between the street and sidewalk at crosswalks, street corners, bus stops, and shovel side street sidewalks as well as the sidewalk in front of your home.
*If you are next to a crosswalk, please shovel an opening wide enough for a wheelchair-bound person to get through.

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Will I get a ticket if my sidewalk is not shoveled or is icy?

Yes.  The fine for this violation  is $50.00.

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Where do I put the snow from my sidewalk or driveway?

Try to move it to an unused part of your driveway or yard.  Please do not shovel snow from your sidewalk into the street.  It is illegal.  Don't leave old chairs, trash bags, or other objects in on-street parking spaces - they will be hauled away.

 

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What do I do if a sidewalk is not shoveled or icy?

Call the Snow Information line at 617 349-4903 anytime to make a report.  All you need is an accurate address.

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What should I do about ice?

Stock up on ice melt.  Avoid rock salt as it kills plants and trees.  Avoid sand as it's expensive to clean up in the spring and fills catch basins and storm drains.

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What if I am physically unable to shovel my sidewalk?

8If you are a homeowner with a low income (defined as $20,351 for one person household) and you are elderly or disabled, you may qualify for the City's Snow Exemption Program.  If you qualify, the DPW will shovel your sidewalk.

Call Cambridge Council on Aging at 617 349-6220 to apply and obtain additional information.

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