The City of Brampton is ready to clear the way
Road crews will:
- Salt primary roads as needed and plow them continuously during any snowfall.
- Apply salt to residential streets. Remember, these streets are only plowed when a single storm results in 5 cm or more of snow.
- Clear sidewalks on primary roads, in front of City properties, and along Brampton Transit routes.
- Do their best to maintain municipal roads and sidewalks within 24 hours after the end of a snowfall, but it may take longer if weather conditions are severe.
Your Role in Snow Clearing
Expectations from homeowners and occupants:
- Clear your sidewalks of snow and ice by 11 am the day after a snowfall.
- Clear snow from around fire hydrants on your property.
- Do not shovel snow onto the roadway. Pushing or shovelling snow onto the road can create a safety hazard for vehicles and can also block catch basins and create a flooding risk, this is considered fowling the highway; dumping.
- Wait to park on the street until it has been salted or plowed. Permission to park requests and those previously issued may become null and void during a snowfall event. Parking on the street during or after a snowfall blocks access for snow-clearing crews and delays service.
Snow and ice on sidewalks is a safety hazard as it increases the risk of a slip and fall. Obstructed sidewalks make it difficult for the safe passage of strollers, wheelchairs, and pedestrian traffic.
As a result, the City created the Snow and Ice Removal By-law requiring property owners and occupants to remove snow, ice and slush from their sidewalks by 11am the day after the end of a snowfall. Even though sidewalks are owned by the City, it is the resident’s responsibility to take care of and maintain them.
When the City receives a complaint about uncleared sidewalks, an Enforcement Officer will investigate and may issue an Order to Comply, which requires the property owner or occupant to clear the sidewalk within eight hours. Upon re-inspection, if the work is still not done, the City will arrange for a contractor to clear the sidewalk. The City will add the cost of the work, plus administrative fees, to the property owner’s taxes.
Keeping streets safe and accessible during weather events
Parking on streets is not allowed and will be enforced during winter weather events. The issuance of parking considerations during snow events is suspended, and all previously issued considerations are invalid during the snow event. Vehicles must be moved to ensure plows, salters, and emergency vehicles can safely pass by. City staff have been deployed to inspect roads for the plowing operation and, when necessary, will arrange for the towing of illegally parked vehicles to improve snow removal operations. Towing and impound fees are at the vehicle owner’s cost. City Council has also increased penalties for vehicles interfering with snow removal and/or winter maintenance:
- first offence: $125
- second offence: $250
- subsequent offences: $500
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