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"Know Snow": City of Boston Snow Regulations & Information

With the first major snowfall of the 2012-13 winter having occured, it's important for members of the downtown community to be informed of the City of Boston's snow-related regulations.

Property owners have 3 hours following a snowstorm to remove all snow from sidewalks and curb ramps abutting their property. Violators will be fined; please contact the City of Boston at 617-635-4500 with any questions.

Additional snow removal guidelines from the City of Boston:


  • Remove snow, slush, and ice from the full paved width of the sidewalk and curb ramp or a minimum path of 42 inches wide. Narrow paths encumber carriages and wheelchairs, and properly cleared pathways ensure flow and safety of pedestrian traffic.
  • Remove ice to bare pavement or make as level as possible and treat with sand, sawdust or similar material.
  • Please clear any snow that may be blocking a handicapped ramp, fire hydrant or catch basin.


  • Shovel or plow snow into the street: violators caught shoveling snow from private property into the street will be fined.
  • Over-exert while shoveling: Excessive strain from the cold and hard labor may cause heart attacks. Please help out elderly or vulnerable neighbors.
  • Leave snow or ice on stairways or fire escapes. All common means of egress must be clear.

All City of Boston snow removal regulations are applicable for the Downtown Boston BID district.

Downtown Boston BID ambassadors perform multiple snow-related services, including: removing snow from handicap access ramps and crosswalks; clearing catch basins of snow & ice; and salting/sanding ramps and crosswalks as necessary.

Please contact 617-261-0066 with any questions relating to Downtown Boston BID snow-removal services.