Shoreline snow removal policies - you are responsible for the sidewalks by your property

Friday, January 10, 2020

Snow 2019 in North City Business District
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Snow removal

When forecasts predict freezing temperatures or snow, the City of Shoreline pre-treats road surfaces with an anti-icing agent.

When it snows, City plows will concentrate their efforts on primary snow removal routes first to accommodate fire, medical and police response, as well as Metro transit, school buses and commuter traffic. 

As long as it continues to snow, these primary routes will be plowed.
Once the snow has stopped and all primary roads are clear, plows will move to secondary snow removal routes, and once those are clear, neighborhood streets will be plowed.

If it starts snowing again, the process of clearing main roads will start over.

Please keep in mind that, during a heavy, continuous snowstorm, it may take several days before all city streets are cleared. For more information: Snow and Ice Control Plan.

In major snow events, several roads that have traditionally had problems will be closed. They are identified on this Snow Event Road Closure map. Other roads may also need to be closed due to conditions.

Property Owner Responsibilities

Shoreline homeowners and business/property owners are responsible for clearing snow and ice off driveways and sidewalks near their property, including the ridge of snow left along the edge of driveways by the snow plow.

If snow is removed from your property, make sure the snow if not placed in the right of way.

Right of way and catch basins must also be kept clear to accommodate melting snow and to avoid pooling water.

More information about stormwater drains can be found on the Adopt-A-Drain page.


Anonymous,  January 10, 2020 at 11:46 AM  

Good thing most of us don't have sidewalks yet!

Anonymous,  January 11, 2020 at 2:30 AM  

What about those who are disabled? in wheelchairs? in a wheelchair living all alone? Is someone going to be coming around to help them as required by ADA law? Remember some people in wheelchairs CAN'T shovel their sidewalks because if they do their wheelchair gets are you going to have extra Fire and Police on duty to help those in wheelchairs free themselves if they get stuck in the snow from shoveling their sidewalk or are we going to get punished because we are disabled and can't shovel our driveways and sidewalks? Remember...WE ARE NOT UN-CARING SEATTLE! Maria Clemente wheelchair user

Anonymous,  January 11, 2020 at 7:23 AM  

Who is responsible for the massive puddles that are usually blocking the walkway on 20th to the Saltwater Park?

Anonymous January 11, 2020 at 5:44 PM  

But they're not requiring you to plow your sidewalk. there simply saying they don't have the resources to do it themselves, and that citizens are responsible for it if we want it done. Ask a friend or family member to come plow your driveway?

Anonymous,  January 14, 2020 at 5:54 PM  

Since when and who decided to impose on home owners the job the city should be doing? You make us pay higher tax for the sidewalk and then impose on us the maintenance of that piece of CITY owned right of way? What kind of fascist garbage is this? There needs to be a class action lawsuit filed against you. Where was the vote by the people that allowed this? Who gave you the right to impose this rule?

Anonymous,  February 18, 2024 at 10:05 PM  

Please explain to me the rational behind this regulation. The legal boundary of my property is 5' back from the public sidewalk. The city owns the street, sidewalk and curbing. Homeowners are also instructed to clear any snow that the snowplow pushes up to the driveway. I have lived in my house for 40 years and the City of Shoreline has never plowed my street but I am instructed by this same city that I am responsible to clean the city sidewalk....... some interesting thinking here....... wories me that these officials are making decisions with my property tax money.

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