It's the Law: Shake the Flakes Before Your Sidewalk's a Sli

Published on January 19, 2016

Arlington is known as a highly walkable community but that award-winning reputation can get buried when snow comes down and ice builds up.

Clear pedestrian routes after a snowstorm ensure access to work, schools, services and everyday mobility, which is why Arlington has a snow removal ordinanceshovel

Ordinance basics:

All property owners are required to clear public sidewalks adjacent to their property. 

  • Snow and ice must be removed from the entire width of the sidewalk up to 3 feet wide (to accommodate wheelchairs, strollers and adults with children in hand)

  • Snow and ice must be removed within 24 hours after a storm when accumulations are less than 6 inches, and within 36 hours when 6 or more inches of snow accumulate, as measured at National Airport by the National Weather Service

  • Snow and ice from private property may not be deposited onto public property including roadways and sidewalks


Those who are over the age of 65 or are physically unable to comply are exempted.

Last winter the County received more than 600 complaints about uncleared sidewalks. It issued 25 citations after inspections.

The snow removal ordinance was adopted by the Board following the winter of 2009-2010, the snowiest season on record for the region.

Get the latest weather-related information from the County's Snow & Ice page.

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