Snow and Ice Control
Snow comes every year, and the 2023/2024 season will be no different. We say "bring it on" as we get ready to tackle the conditions to keep your City roads as clear and safe as possible this winter. This page is dedicated to providing information, updates and resources to help you stay up-to-date on all things Snow and Ice Control.
In the fall of 2022 we mailed every home a reminder card for snow removal rules in Beaumont. Misplaced yours? Download and save a fresh card HERE for easy access all year round!
- Resident Required Obligations
- Snow + Ice Control FAQs
- Process + Service Level Details
- Need Rock Chips?
- Residential Resources
Did you know that residents have to do their part every year to help with Snow and Ice Control? It's true! Check out the list of items you are required to look after, not only for your own safety, but the safety of others. Please take a look at our new Community Standards Bylaw 1024-22 for full details. We have compiled our top picks for easy access below.
1. Clearing Snow Around Fire Hydrants
If you have a fire hydrant near your home, or on your private property, you are responsible to clear snow and ice from the hydrant so there is a 1.5 meters (5 feet) clearing around the hydrant. This ensures that in an emergency, Beaumont Fire Services can access the hydrant as fast as possible. Please refer to our Water and Sewer Bylaw 689-08 paragraphs 5.15 and 5.17.
2. Clearing Snow and Ice From Owned Land + Sidewalks
You are required to remove and clear away all snow from the sidewalks situated on land adjacent to that property within 48 hours of the time the snow was deposited on the sidewalk. This also includes looking out for ice. Full details can be found in our .
3. No Pushing Snow or Debris Into Street
4. You Must Fully Clear Your Vehicle
We all get in a rush, but to keep yourself and others safe on your daily commute you must remove all snow and debris from your car. This is a traffic violation if you don't do so, and can result in a ticket. Most importantly, this debris can cause dangerous conditions for you and other drives by creating visibility and obstruction obstacles for everyone on the road.
5. No Parking On Designated Streets Marked For Clearing
Keep a look out for snow clearing signs on specific streets/neighbourhoods throughout the season. No parking is permitted on these designated streets that are marked for snow clearing. Parking in those areas could result in you receiving a ticket. The parking ban starts at midnight on the day indicated as we may begin (in emergency situations especially) removing snow as early as 12am.
- Which streets are the first to be maintained?
- Why are cul-de-sacs cleared last?
- Who do I contact with questions or concerns about snow or ice issues?
- Who do I contact if my neighbour is dumping snow onto my property?
- Who do I contact if my neighbour is not clearing their sidewalk in front of their house?
- What determines the Snow and Ice Control schedule?
- Why does it seem to take a long time for certain streets to be plowed?
- After the street is plowed, who is responsible to clear the windrow (ridge of snow) off my driveway approach?
- Where does all the snow go?
- What type of equipment does Beaumont use for Snow and Ice Control on the roads?
Process + Service Levels
Beaumont's Operations staff monitor the forecast and begins plowing and sanding at any time, 24 hours a day, when snow has accumulated to five centimetres, or when excessive drifting has occurred. Streets are cleared based on a priority system to ensure the highest traffic roadways are addressed first. The first priority is the arterial roads in Beaumont along with the other major roadways.
To find out the priority level of your property, use the PDF map to locate your address.
Want to know how we manage Snow and Ice Control Service Levels?
Beaumont's snow and ice control entail seven major functions. These functions are completed by Operations and Parks operators throughout the winter maintenance process.
We have a dedicated section that outlines each priority level, location and details.