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.
If the City of Dearborn declares a snow emergency, you MUST remove your parked vehicles from the street or you could be ticketed and your vehicle towed.
Tickets are $80. Police do not issue warnings.
If it is clear from the snow accumulation around a vehicle that the vehicle was not moved during the snow emergency, a ticket for violating the snow emergency may be issued after the emergency is over.
Snow emergencies may be declared when three inches or more of snow is expected over a short period.
Keeping parked vehicles off of the street allows snow plows to go curb-to-curb instead of working around parked vehicles.
Generally, you may park vehicles back on the street once it has been plowed curb to curb and no further heavy snowfall is expected. Note that crews may return to clear roads again if conditions require it.
Residents can check to see if a snow emergency has been declared via any of the following methods:
- The snow emergency hotline at 313-943-2444
- City of Dearborn Television
- Radio and TV stations
- Social media, including the City of Dearborn Twitter account and Facebook page
- Text or email messages sent from Nixle. Sign up at Nixle.com.
In addition, you may also hear the City's outdoor emergency warning sirens activated.
Snow Emergency Temporary Parking Program
During the winter season, the City will be offers temporary parking alterantives during a snow emergency on designated streets for residents in neighborhoods in southeast and northeast Dearborn.
Signs will be posted on temporary parking streets to notify residents which roads are being made available for this service.
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. for more info, visit this link: Snow Emergency Parking Options.
Other Snow Removal Guidelines
After any significant snowfall, residents and business owners must remove snow and ice from all sidewalks adjacent to their property within 24 hours.
Do not pile or discard snow on any public property, street right-of-way, sidewalk, alley or parking lot. Do not throw snow on to your neighbor's property without their permission.
Driveway aprons may become blocked during snowplowing operations. City crews cannot go back to clear blocked driveways. Do not pile snow back into the cleared street.
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 the snow? Check the road and traffic conditions in and around Dearborn with the Wayne County Compass.