Jefferson County does not have an ordinance requiring citizens to shovel sidewalks, but the county encourages citizens to shovel walks adjacent to their homes as a courtesy to their neighbors and for the safety of pedestrians.
Residents of incorporated areas are urged to check with their city governments for any policies regarding snow removal from sidewalks. Residents in unincorporated areas of Jefferson County who live within the boundaries of a homeowners association are urged to check with their HOA for any regulations regarding sidewalk maintenance.
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Residents are responsible for clearing driveways.
See our Snow Removal Season Tips page for more information.
Roads are plowed based on their priority, meaning arterials and main routes are cleared first. Your road may be a secondary route that will be plowed after the school bus and emergency routes are open. A schedule cannot be enforced because each storm presents unique situations. Specific road conditions, time of day, accidents and construction are a few criteria that affect plowing order for secondary routes.
Call 911 and the responding agency will work with road and bridge crews to get the emergency vehicles through. Snow removal crews will be redirected for emergencies only when requested by proper authorities, such as the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department. It is a crime to make a false emergency request.
The momentum needed to move snow requires maintaining speed, sometimes up to 35 mph. It just isn’t feasible at this speed, considering the response time needed to change the blade’s angle.