The Department of Streets, residents, and businesses keep streets and sidewalks clear and safe during snow events.
Salting and plowing operations
To view the status of salting and plowing operations during a winter weather event, visit StreetSmartPHL and click on PlowPHL.
Salting and plowing operations during a winter weather event depend upon the amount of snow that sticks.
|Less than 1 inch||Salt bridges and primary roadways (major arterial roads and emergency snow routes)|
|5 or more inches||
View snow accumulation service maps for these treatment levels.
Contact Philly311 for salting and plowing requests.
Snow emergency routes
Philadelphia’s snow emergency routes must be clear when there’s a winter storm, so that snow plows can pass through.
Visit the snow emergency routes page to learn:
- Rules related to snow emergency routes.
- What to do if your vehicle has been towed from a snow emergency route.
- Which Philadelphia streets are snow emergency routes.
Sidewalk snow removal
Snow removal rules
- Remove snow from sidewalk within six hours after snowfall stops.
- Clear a path at least 36 inches wide on your sidewalk.
- Do not shovel or sweep the snow into the street.
Snow removal tips
- Be sure to include curb cuts when you shovel.
- Clear snow from neighborhood sewer drains to allow melting snow to drain.
- Keep fire hydrants clear. Shovel three to five feet around your block’s hydrant so firefighters can gain access safely during an emergency response.
Penalty for uncleared sidewalk
- Minimum of $50, but up to $300 for each violation
View more details in the Philadelphia Code 10-720.
Get Philadelphia weather updates
- Stay tuned to the local news for updates.
- Sign up for ReadyPhiladelphia alerts.