Snow Removal on Sidewalks & Pathways

City Code Section 5-2-21 states that sidewalks, driveways, and entrances are the responsibility of the adjacent property owner, occupant, community association, or business for snow removal. Snow and ice must be cleared from all paved sidewalks abutting your property within 24-72 hours of the end of the snowfall, depending on the storm response level (Level 1 = 24 hours; Level 2 = 48 hours; Level 3 = 72 hours).

Page updated on Nov 30, 2021 at 10:22 AM

During a storm, check for the storm response level.  Failure to clear sidewalks may result in the City having the work done and charging the cost to the property owner, or fining the property owner $50. Clearing the sidewalk of ice and snow should be considered part of owners' and tenants' property maintenance responsibilities. Time limits for cleaning snow are determined by the storm level:

  • Level 1: 24 hours after snowfall stops
  • Level 2: 48 hours after snowfall stops
  • Level 3: 72 hours after snowfall stops

Owners and tenants who may be unavailable or unable to clear sidewalks themselves are responsible for making arrangements to have the work done for them in the event there is a storm.

To report a violation of the sidewalk ordinance, please call 311 or 703.746.4311.

City crews coordinate road clearing and sidewalk work depending on the severity of the storm. Accessible curb ramps, sidewalks and pathways that abut publicly-owned property are cleared by crews from City departments or Alexandria City Public Schools personnel.

The sidewalks are prioritized into three basic groups:

  • First priority: School walking areas, accessible curb ramps and sidewalks near key transit stops such as Metro stations, and retail zones.
  • Second priority: Walks expanding out from schools, parks, and municipal locations.
  • Third priority: Trails, pathways internal to parks, and bike paths. (The Mount Vernon Trail is maintained by the National Park Service and is not plowed during snow events).

During less severe storms, priorities include schools and accessible curb ramps in heavily used pedestrian areas–particularly near major transit stops and retail zones along King Street (Commonwealth Avenue to Union Street) and Mount Vernon Avenue (East Glendale Avenue to Four Mile Road).