SNOW REMOVAL RESPONSIBILITIES
: Common Area Sidewalk: Inspiration Metropolitan District
: Streets: City of Aurora
: Sidewalks Adjacent to Your Property: Homeowners
COMMON AREA SIDEWALKS
The District is responsible for snow removal on the common areas sidewalks only. The contractor shall plow these areas and remove the snow from all main arterial (right-of-way) sidewalks, park areas and mailboxes. Please note that the district contractor is continuing to work on these areas. Due to the large snow drifts the areas are taking longer to clear. Our contractor is still completing areas today into tomorrow. Thank you for your patience.
visit the City of Aurora page for more information or you may contact Access Aurora at 303-739-7000.
The City of Aurora is responsible for the removal of snow on all community streets. The unpredictability of snow storms requires a snow plan with flexibility, allowing the city to add resources as needed to improve travel during winter weather events. See the snow plan maps.
The city has more than 87 pieces of snow removal equipment to accomplish this task, and the amount of equipment and staff used depends on the storm’s severity. Liquid and granular deicer are used in tandem with the equipment to clear streets.
The city may plow up to 1,500 lane miles of roadway during a major winter storm, and plows often have to run routes repeatedly to ensure they remain passable. While a snow storm is happening, all Priority 1 routes (major arterial streets) will be kept open and maintained.
Priority 1: Major Arterial Streets (Red)
These streets are targeted first to ensure routes remain clear to the city’s emergency centers. Hospitals, fire stations, police stations and rescue squad units are located on red priority routes.
Priority 2: Minor Arterial and Residential Collector Streets (Blue)
This second priority tackles higher volume streets adjacent to schools, nursing homes and city recreation facilities, and those that give access into neighborhoods.
Priority 3: Secondary and Neighborhood through Streets (Green)
Weather permitting, these routes are serviced after Priority 1 and 2 routes are completed. These roads include bus routes and select neighborhood streets.
Priority 4: Rural and Outlying Streets (Yellow)
Once the other routes have been serviced and as time and resources allow, roads located in rural/annexed areas of the city are plowed.
A Special Note about Neighborhood Streets
Below is an overview of the streets within Inspiration and their priority. You can view the full plan for Aurora and other streets here.
Please note: A request was added for Rockinghorse Parkway/Vistas neighborhood and the City of Aurora will be clearing Rockinghorse Parkway.
North-facing and shady areas sometimes need attention, so please contact the Streets division at 303-326-8200 for any section of street remains ice-packed or impassable after several days.
!! If you have a medical condition and need special access during or after a snow storm, call the police non-emergency line at 303-627-3100. They will coordinate with Public Works to make sure your residence is accessible.
DOING YOUR PART IN SNOW
Snow and ice on sidewalks can be slippery, not only to mail carriers and other delivery people but also to senior citizens, children, disabled people and anyone who gets around on foot.
Clear sidewalks are a shared community responsibility. Be neighborly. If you have a snow blower, running it an extra few feet down the sidewalk will be remembered by those who live nearby. If you have the time, sign up as part of our Snow Busters team and help shovel for someone in need.
Who is responsible for shoveling city sidewalks?
It is the property owner's responsibility to keep city sidewalks adjacent to their property free and clear of snow and ice, even though the sidewalks may be behind or outside the rear and side fences and adjacent to streets. This includes single- and multi-family homes, businesses and schools.
Do I have to shovel the sidewalks on my private property?
The city only requires that property owners shovel the city sidewalks adjacent to their property. There is no requirement that property owners shovel sidewalks, such as a path to the front door, on private property.
When must the snow and ice be removed from sidewalks?
Snow and ice must be removed within 24 hours after a snowfall ends, and 48 hours after a snow emergency is declared by the city. Visit this city of Aurora Municipal Code web page for the complete ordinance text.
How is this city ordinance enforced?
To ensure pedestrian safety, code enforcement officers respond to citizen complaints concerning lack of snow and ice removal from sidewalks.
What is the penalty for failing to remove snow and ice from sidewalks?
An administrative fee of $25 for single-family homes and $50 for all others will be imposed after 24 hours and again after 48 hours if snow and ice are not removed. The city’s contractor then will be asked to remove the snow and/or ice, and the property owner or financial institution will be billed for all costs incurred. Officers are not required to give a warning notice prior to issuing a snow removal ticket. Chronic violators also will be issued a summons to appear in Aurora Municipal Court.
How may someone report a complaint about a property that has not shoveled?
Contact Access Aurora at 303-739-7000 or file the complaint online. Please wait 24 hours from the last snowfall before reporting a violation.
What if a resident or property owner needs help shoveling the snow and ice from sidewalks due to physical limitations?
Contact the city’s Snow Busters team, a volunteer program that provides snow shoveling assistance for Aurora’s elderly and people with disabilities. Some income limits may apply. The city does its best to match those in need with volunteers who can help. Find out how to help a neighbor in need by volunteering to serve as a Snow Buster.
How may someone ask questions about the snow removal ordinance?
Please call the Neighborhood Support Division at 303-739-7280.
Visit the Snow Removal page to find out more information about how the city keeps Aurora's street system clear and safe.