Resident Snow Removal Responsibilities

Cooperative Effort
Effective snow removal and plowing of snow on city streets is a cooperative effort of both the city street crews and local residents. The city depends on individuals to remove the plowed berms in front of driveways or cars. Individuals are required to place their shoveled / plowed snow on their own property and not in the bike lanes or the street. Your cooperation helps keep the streets safe for travel.

Missoula Municipal Code
The city asks that all residents and contractors comply with Missoula Municipal Code 12.16.035, which prohibits a private individual from depositing snow upon public streets or sidewalks. The code states that depositing of snow and ice is restricted. "No person shall deposit or cause to be deposited any accumulation of snow or ice on or against a fire hydrant or on any sidewalk, pedestrian roadway crossing, roadway, roadway shoulder or berm, curb or gutter, any handicap parking space, any loading and unloading area of public transportation system or any area designated for use by emergency vehicle access."

The city recognizes that snow plowing may block some driveways and that it leaves berms around parked cars. We understand that clearing berms is inconvenient, but it is unfortunately a byproduct of snow plowing and clearing streets.

More Information
Residents and property owners are responsible for clearing the sidewalks adjacent to their properties. For information about snow removal on sidewalks, please see Pedestrians and Sidewalks. To report a sidewalk that has not been cleared by the property owner, you can fill out this form.

Volunteer Help with Snow Removal
For volunteer help with snow removal, there are agencies a resident can turn to: