Snow and Ice Control

The City of Lafayette has developed a Winter Mobility Plan intended to coordinate cross-departmental and interagency efforts to support community mobility and public safety during and after winter storm events.

Snow plowing

The primary purpose of snowplowing is to clear the roads for our emergency response providers. Snowplow routes are divided into primary and secondary snow routes. Due to budget limitations, the Public Works Department does not plow citywide. In addition to primary and secondary snow routes, priorities are also given to streets across from hospitals and schools. Winter maintenance of remaining residential streets may occur if snow accumulations are determined to impact emergency services.

Sidewalk clearance

Per the City’s Municipal Code, it is the responsibility of property owners to clear any sidewalk open to the public, abutting, adjacent to, or located on their property within 24 hours of the last measurable snow.  This effort assists in keeping neighbors and the community safe. 

The code policy includes all frontages adjacent to the property in the case of a corner lot, or a lot with multiple frontages. This requirement also includes any hardscape tree lawns (areas between the sidewalk and curb) adjacent to businesses and any connector sidewalks between a detached sidewalk and the curb. Sidewalks adjacent to or through tracts owned by a Homeowner’s or Business Association are the responsibility of the respective entity. 

Report an uncleared sidewalk or problem area.

If you have questions about property lines and property owner responsibilities, you may email Code Enforcement or call 303-661-1263.

Are you an older or disabled adult needing volunteer assistance to clear your sidewalk?

Please contact Senior Services about their volunteer Snow Angels Program

More information

  • View FAQs for more information.
  • You may call Public Works at 303-661-1277 or email Public Works with questions regarding snow removal operations on City streets.
Black pants with winter boots pushing on a red snow shovel across the snowy ground.