To help keep the community safe this winter, the City of Evanston is reminding residents of snow parking restrictions and snow removal guidelines as part of Winter Preparedness Week, Nov. 16-20.

Residents may visit or call/text 847-448-4311 or follow the City on Facebook and Twitter for snow-removal information. To sign up for text message alerts may text COE SNOW to 468311.

Parking: From Dec. 1 through March 31, the City may enforce temporary parking restrictions in the event of accumulated snowfall:

A Snow Route Parking Ban affecting main streets goes into effect after 2 inches or more of snow.

A Snow Emergency affecting side streets goes into effect after 4 inches or more of snow.

When either of these is in effect, parking on the street is illegal for the duration of the time indicated on the posted street signs, even if plows have been through, as plowing and salting operations may require return visits by City trucks.

Any time snow is present on roadways, voluntarily abiding by posted even/odd parking rules helps City plows clear snow to the curb.

Shoveling: Property owners are responsible for clearing sidewalks adjacent to their property within 24 hours after any snowfall. Paths should be at least 36 inches wide to accommodate those with wheelchairs, walkers or strollers. Residents are encouraged to clear the area around fire hydrants.

Landlords are responsible for keeping sidewalks, hydrants, parking lots and all common areas, including open stairwells, free from all hazardous conditions at all times. To report a snow removal violation may call/text 847-448-4311.

Residents who need assistance shoveling their property, or who would like to volunteer to help elderly and disabled neighbors shovel, may register for the City’s Senior & Disabled Persons Snow Shoveling Program online at or by calling/texting  tel: 847-448-4311.

Although the City does not plow alleys, refuse and recycling collections continue.