When it comes to snow, the City of Evanston has strict regulations about parking, plowing and shoveling. Here is the information for Curbs, Driveways and Alleys and for Sidewalks and Parking Lots. The full set of snow regulations may be found on the City’s website, cityofevanston.org. 

Curbs, Driveways and Alleys

Mounds of snow left along the curb by City plows are unavoidable. Though the City does not plow alleys, the City continues to remove garbage and recycling. Residents are asked to clear snow to allow access to containers so crews can empty them. To have an alley plowed, neighbors may get together to share the cost of hiring a private plowing company.

Sidewalks and Parking Lots

Homeowners and businesses are responsible for clearing sidewalks adjacent to their property within 24 hours after any snowfall. If snow is packed and difficult to remove, property owners should use salt or sand to make sidewalks passable.

Landlords are responsible for keeping sidewalks, parking lots and all common areas, including open stairwells, free from all hazardous conditions at all times.

Sidewalks should be completely cleared to allow everyone, including people with disabilities and the elderly, to travel freely using the sidewalks instead of the street.

Removal of snow and ice from the sidewalks, curb cuts and parking lots can help to prevent needless accidents and injuries. Residents are also asked to be aware of elderly or disabled neighbors who can not shovel their own walks and offer to help. All residents are urged to use extra caution while shoveling wet and heavy snow.