An effective snow removal program can only be accomplished with the help of our citizens.
Residents can help get the roads plowed faster and more effectively during the winter by moving parked vehicles off the street whenever three inches or more of snow is predicted to fall.
Avoid tickets, get parked vehicles off the street during snow emergencies so roads can be plowed
Parked vehicles by law must be removed from roads when the City of Dearborn declares a snow emergency.
Parked vehicles left on the street will be ticketed. Police do not issue warnings. Tickets are $80.
Snow emergencies are generally declared when three inches of snow or more is predicted within a short period of time, or when other weather conditions will make the roads hazardous. Sometimes a snow emergency is declared ahead of a snowstorm to give residents plenty of warning to move their parked vehicles so they won’t get ticketed.
Even if a snow emergency is not declared, residents can help the City plow the roads faster and more effectively by moving parked vehicles off the street whenever significant snowfall is expected.
Outdoor early warning sirens will be activated to signal the beginning of a snow emergency and the requirement that residents move their parked vehicles off the street.
Residents can also check to see if a snow emergency is in effect via:
- City website www.cityofdearborn.org, Facebook and Twitter pages
- CDTV (government cable access channel. This is channel 12 on Comcast, channel 10 on WOW, and channel 99 on AT&T)
- TV and radio news
- Text or email messages from the public safety information system known as Nixle. Residents can sign up to receive alerts at Nixle.com
- Snow emergency hotline at 943-2444
Tickets can be given after snow emergency ends
Even after a snow emergency ends, police are permitted to ticket parked vehicles if they appear as if they were not moved during the emergency, for example, if the vehicle is covered in snow.
Crews also salt the roads, even if they are not plowing
It is also a good idea to remove parked vehicles when City crews are salting roads, to allow for better coverage.
Driveways may be covered during snowplowing
Please take into consideration that driveway aprons will be covered with snow from street plowing operations. It is an inconvenience, but necessary so that roads can remain safe for drivers. Do not put snow from your driveway or sidewalk back into the cleared street.
Snow Emergency Temporary Parking Program
Snow emergency parking options for residents in northeast, southeast Dearborn
The city recognizes that some residents do not have driveways and during snow emergencies cannot easily remove their vehicles from the streets, especially in northeast and southeast Dearborn.
So, to help residents in those areas, the City has designated specific streets that residents can use temporarily during a snow emergency.
Residents can park on the streets listed below during a snow emergency. They are marked with signs.
- Eagle, from Amazon to Salina
- Lapeer, from Ferney to Amazon
- Lowrey, from Holly to Saulino Court
- Westlawn, from Vernor to Burley
- Tuxedo, from Ferney to Riverside Drive
- Whittington, from Canterbury to Riverside Drive
- Berkshire, from Industrial to Canterbury
- Morningside, from Industrial to Wyoming
- Riverside Drive, from Industrial to Vernor
- Blesser, from Maple to Oakman
- Henson, from Maple to Oakman
- Henn, from Chase to Williamson
- Haggerty, from Maple to Calhoun
- Paul, from Chase to Horger and between Schaefer and Hartwell
- Hemlock, from Chase to Oakman
- Donald, from Chase to Calhoun and between Reuter and Oakman
- Alber, from Reuter to Oakman
Signs will be posted on temporary parking streets to notify residents which roads are being made available for this service. View temporary parking maps here.
Download the Southeast Dearborn Snow Emergency Temporary Parking Map
Download the Northeast Dearborn Snow Emergency Temporary Parking Map
Vehicles must be removed from the temporary parking areas within 24 hours of the snow emergency declaration or the owner will be ticketed.
Residents are responsible for moving their vehicles back to their own street once the road is cleared so that the temporary parking streets can also be plowed.
The City has identified these areas where residents had the most difficulty removing vehicles due to congestion or lack of sufficient driveway space.
Snow Removal Guidelines for Residents and Business Owners
Dearborn residents and property owners are required to keep their sidewalks and ramps to crosswalks clear of snow and ice.
Doing so helps keep pedestrians, including school children, safe when walking, and it allows access to businesses.
If sidewalks are not cleared after significant snowfall, the City can step in and remove snow or dangerous ice. Property owners would then get a bill from the City for the abatement plus at least a $75 additional fee.
Because this is so important for safety reasons, the penalty to property owners will increase with each offense, with the fourth violation in a calendar year resulting in misdemeanor charges.
Remove snow within 24 hours
City ordinances give property owners 24 hours after the snowfall has ended to remove accumulations of three inches or more or any dangerous ice from public sidewalks and ramps leading to crosswalks. If multiple snowfalls add up to three inches, then the same rules apply.
Snow pushed onto the sidewalk or crosswalk ramp by a snow plow also must be removed. For corner lots, snow must be removed from sidewalks along the front and side of the property.
Snow should be deposited on your own lawn or easement. However, it may be placed on a neighboring property to necessitate reasonable removal. Deposited snow must never obstruct neighboring windows, vents, driveways or walkways.
Snow must never be deposited in the street.
Priority is for areas near schools, walking routes
Abatement and enforcement will be a priority in areas heavily traveled by pedestrians, such as those near schools or businesses or on walking routes to those areas. However, all property owners with public sidewalks are required to remove snow and ice and are subject to enforcement.
For ordinance information, visit this link:
Snow Removal Ordinance Information for Property Owners
During a major snowstorm you may hold your trash and recycling for a week and put out your carts again at the curb when the snow has cleared. You may also place your carts on your driveway close to the curb.
Driving in it? Check the road and traffic conditions in and around Dearborn with the Wayne County Compass.