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Snow Clearing

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Working Together (winter)
In order to minimize snow from being pushed back into driveways, you can help by doing the following:

  • Do not park on roadways during the winter months. Plows need to move around parked vehicles, which create snow build up. Ultimately when the vehicles are moved and further plowing is done, snow build up is pushed back into driveways.
  • When clearing snow from your driveway, pile the snow on the right side of the driveway (looking towards the street from driveway). This will reduce the amount of snow pushed back into your driveway when the street is plowed.

City Snow Clearing
City of Welland employees work diligently to keep streets and roads clear during heavy snow fall. It’s our goal to have Welland roads cleared 24 hours after a snow fall. Sometimes, due to harsh weather, this is not always achieved. Please be patient, staff are clearing the streets systematically and will clear them all eventually. If a street has not been cleared within 24 hours after the snow fall has ended, residents can call Public Works department at 905 735-1700 ext. 3000.

Snow Clearing Operation – Parking:
No person shall park a vehicle or permit a vehicle to remain parked on any highway as to interfere with the clearing of snow from the highway.

  • Q - Can I park my vehicle on the roadway when it is not snowing?
    A - Yes, Once your roadway has been properly cleared and no further snow clearing operations are required, residents are allowed to continue parking on the roadway as long as locations are not restricted by signage.
  • Q - Is this By-law in affect regardless of weather conditions?
    A - No, by-law 89-2000, Section 3.13.10, is only in affect during snow clearing operations. Motorists may continue to follow their existing parking behaviour until snow clearing operations begin.
  • Q - Why are certain vehicles exempt from the by-law?
    A - Residents without driveways may apply for a snow clearing exemption permit. Application Forms may be obtained here or from the Traffic and Parking Operations Division. Issuance is subject to staff review and approval. Fee is $40.00 per year upon approval.
  • Q - What is the Fine for parking on a hwy interfering with snow clearing operations
    A - Set Fine - $65.00

Resident Snow Clearing
The City of Welland’s sidewalk snow clearing By-Law 2008-185 requires owners to clear the snow and ice from the sidewalk in front of their properties within 24 hours after a substantial snow fall. Most municipalities have a similar By-Law because it would require far too many staff and equipment to clear roads and sidewalks.