Snow Removal

Procedures for Snow Removal

At its January 26, 2015 meeting, the Common Council voted in favor of new procedures for snow removal, but the ordinance is not applied unless a Snow Removal Condition is declared by the Mayor or the Director of Public Works.

When a Snow Removal Condition is declared, residents will be notified via the City’s website, social media, and news outlets that they are to park on the even side of a street on even-numbered days and on the odd side on odd-numbered days.

All other parking restrictions will be lifted at such times. Residents who are in violation of the parking restrictions when the new ordinance is in effect may receive a $25 fine.

City Snow Removal Terms

The following snow removal guidelines will be in effect as declared by the City of South Bend:

Snow Removal Condition: A formal declaration by the Mayor, Director of Public Works, or in their absences, the Mayor’s designee, which is made when the actual or expected precipitation will create hazardous or dangerous street conditions. When a Snow Removal Condition is declared, residents are to park on the even side of a street on even-numbered days and on the odd side on odd-numbered days.

Snow Route Clearance Condition: No vehicles shall be parked on a street designated as a snow route. A vehicle which is parked, stalled, incapable of moving under its own power, or left unattended on a snow route shall be issued a citation and/or towed and/or impounded at the owner's expense. (Snow Route: Streets which are heavily traveled and are necessary thoroughfares for the movement of traffic through the city. Snow routes are noted by street signs.)

Winter Weather Emergency Conditions: Traffic may be limited within the city and parking regulations may be established. Residents will be cautioned to restrict traveling as much as possible.

The Bureau of Streets reminds residents of the following important snow safety guidelines:

Slow down, and allow more time for travel.

Keep a safe distance when driving behind snow plows in order to stay clear of the plow's blind spots.

Do not try to pass plows that are moving in and out between cars parked on the curb line. This is very dangerous and may cause an accident.

Please park on driveways or in garages, away from curb lines, whenever possible.

Do not shovel or blow snow into the street causing a traffic obstruction.

Never allow children to play in snow piles along curb lines.

Residential Snow and Ice Removal

Property owners and residents are urged to do their best to keep their sidewalks shoveled. It is the responsibility of the owner or occupant of any premises on any city street to remove snow and ice from the public sidewalk within 24 hours after snow or ice has fallen or accumulated. If an owner or occupant fails to comply, the City may remove snow and ice after giving the owner or occupant 24 hours written notice, and the owner or occupant will be responsible for the cost of removal.

Keeping our sidewalks clear of snow and ice is especially important for the safety of children and elders. Clear sidewalks also provide a safe working environment for those who work in our neighborhoods, including utility locators, postal workers, newspaper delivery people, and others who provide services to and around our homes.

Neighbors are encouraged to look out for and help each other, as some may be unable to move their snowed-in vehicles or clear their curbs and sidewalks without assistance.