Winter Storm Information and Property Owner Responsibilities
Ice and Snow-Free Sidewalks are Everyone’s Responsibility.
The Department of Public Works will clear streets as soon as possible after a snow storm, starting with major arteries. Please don’t take it personally if we plow snow back into your driveway, but as we work to make streets passable, it is often unavoidable. Your patience and participation help the City return streets and sidewalks to safe, passable conditions as quickly as possible.
Keep Sidewalks Clear
City Ordinance requires property owners to remove snow from sidewalks next to their property or business within 12 hours of daytime snowfall and before 1 p.m. when it has fallen overnight. They must also remove or melt all ice within 6 hours of the time it forms. There is a $50 fine for each day of non-compliance. If you are away, it is still your responsibility to ensure that someone clears sidewalks next to your property. Remember to:
• Shovel your sidewalk on all sides of your property, down to bare pavement
• Make path at least 3 feet wide
• Clear ramps at corners and crosswalks
• Clear snow to curb so that collection crews can access trash barrels and recycling toters, and they are not behind snow banks
• Chop or melt all ice
• Keep catch basins/street drains clear of snow
• Consider helping neighbors who may have difficulty clearing their walk.
Disabled or elderly persons who qualify as low-income residents may be eligible for an exemption. Call the Cambridge Council on Aging, 617-349-6220 (voice) or 617-349-6050 (TTY) to learn more.
For more information, or to report an unshoveled or icy sidewalk, call 617-349-4903; use Cambridge iReport app on your smartphone or visit www.cambridgema.gov/snow.