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Snow and Ice Procedures, Policy, and Safety Tips

Post Date:12/30/2019 1:00 PM

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Your cooperation is appreciated and makes Arlington a safe place for all.

Winter Season Reminders

During the Winter Snow & Ice Season, the Town would like to remind residents to exercise caution when traveling. After a storm, residents and businesses are reminded to keep public walkways clear in accordance with Town bylaws.

The bylaws require residents and businesses to remove snow and ice from any sidewalks abutting their property following a storm. Residents should remove snow and ice from abutting paved sidewalks within eight hours between sunrise and sunset after a storm, businesses and owners of any residential property utilized for apartment house or multi unit condominium use that abuts a paved sidewalk have three hours. Please don’t forget to cut a path to the street if you live on a corner. It is also prohibited to move snow into the roadway. Failure to comply with these bylaws can result in a fine of $25 to $50 per day.

Cars parked in roadways during snow removal operations can impede removal progress. Residents are encouraged to park their vehicles off-street during these events so Public Works can complete the task more efficiently and with better results. The Arlington Fire Department asks residents and business owners to adopt a fire hydrant in their neighborhood. When it snows, take the time to shovel around it as well as to it. A clear hydrant expedites their deployment in the event of an emergency.

Trash, recycling, and yard waste containers should be on the curb and secured in a manner to prevent them from going into the roadway and impeding snow removal operations. Bylaws require that waste be placed for collection at the curb no earlier than 6:00 p.m. the evening before scheduled collection. Items buried in snow will not be collected and if left out on the curb after your collection day may be subject to a fine. Storm conditions may require some extra planning on when to bring out your items. Please plan accordingly.

Other ways to help include: clearing any catch basins near your property and assisting neighbors who may need extra help with snow removal. The LINKS program serves many seniors in Town, but cannot serve them all.

Residents are reminded of the following important phone numbers and recommend you print, or otherwise make available offline should you lose power:

- Report downed electrical wires: call 911 and NSTAR at 1-800-592-2000.
- Report a power outage to NStar at 1-800-592-2000 or at
- Report a downed street tree or limb to DPW dispatch at 781-316-3301.

Be Alerted of Snow Emergencies/Parking Bans

When a snow emergency/parking ban it put into place, the Town will send a notification via Arlington Alerts (phone, text, and email), Town Notices (regular email list), on its social media channels (Facebook and Twitter) and the Town’s website. If you are not subscribed to these services you can do so in the Communications Center at

School closing notifications are posted at The Town of Arlington is dependent on the cooperation of all residents and business owners to keep our public ways safe during the snow season. For more information on snow and ice operations including links to these bylaws, tips to keep safe this winter, and frequently asked questions, please visit the Snow & Ice Information page at
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