Snow-Related Policies

Sidewalks Must Be Cleared Of Snow

Property owners in Sterling Heights are reminded that the city has an ordinance that requires the removal of snow and ice from sidewalks within 24 hours of a snowstorm. The ordinance applies to sidewalks on all sides of a home or business, including those that run along major roads and connector roads.


Mailboxes are the responsibility of the property owner, not the city of Sterling Heights. The city does not clear the snow around mailboxes, nor guarantees any service levels for mail delivery. It is the property owner’s responsibility to ensure they meet the U.S. Post Office requirements for delivery. Standard mailboxes are replaced if damaged by city equipment, however, the City does not accept responsibility for damages caused by the impact of snow on a mailbox during our regular snowplow operations. Mailboxes should be constructed to withstand the impact of snow from snowplow operations. Please view the Mailbox Guidelines page for more information.


Do not operate a snowmobile on City streets. It is against the law. Snowmobiles represent a hazard in that they are visibility problems to drivers. These vehicles are recreational and are prohibited from residential and city streets.

Safety Reminders

Do not allow your children to play near the street. Do not allow your children to play on snow banks adjacent to the street. Your little ones are not plainly visible to the plow drivers. Do not allow your children to make snow forts in the banks of snow adjacent to the streets.

Fire Hydrants

If there is a fire hydrant in front of your home, you can help us by keeping snow cleared from around it. Our crews attempt to keep the hydrant visible and accessible, but with a total of 6,800 hydrants located throughout the City, it sometimes becomes an impossible task between snowfalls.

Catch Basins

If you have a catch basin (drain) in front of your home, you can help by keeping ice and snow away from the opening so that melting snow and ice can drain freely and eliminate the accumulation of water in the streets.

Helpful Hint

Do not shovel, blow or plow snow into the street. It creates a hazard for you and vehicular traffic. This is against the law and you could be ticketed.