Winter Sidewalks

Winter Sidewalks


The City of Portland plows an estimated 114 miles of sidewalks including Portland’s Downtown District, school walking routes, and priority sidewalks along major thoroughfares.

Portland Winter Sidewalk Plow Map - Click here.

City-Cleared Sidewalks
  • The 14 miles of sidewalk in the Portland Downtown District are plowed by the Downtown District and Athletic Facilities crews.
  • The 100 miles of neighborhood sidewalks outside of Downtown District are plowed by Parks, Horticulture and Cemetery crews.
  • Portland Forestry Division maintains fire station driveways, school parking lots, and city parking lots.
Crews work hard after a storm to clear the snow from sidewalks and then treat any resulting ice. Sand and salt operations may continue around the clock for up to a week after a storm. Sidewalks have different drainage conditions than roads and have a tendency to create an "ice trough" resulting from melting snow of adjacent snowbanks. Crews monitor the conditions on a daily basis and lay down salt and sand as needed.

Privately Cleared Sidewalks
For properties that are not on a city sidewalk plow route, city ordinances require that abutting property owners clear snow and ice from sidewalks. Business owners have 12 hours following a winter storm to do so. Residential owners have 18 hours following the end of a storm or when the City finishes snow removal operations, whichever is later. 

Business owners who fail to remove snow and ice within these time frames risk facing a $250 fine for the first offense, $500 for the second offense within the same winter season and $1,000 for any subsequent offense within the same winter season. Additionally, should the City have to remove the snow and ice or arrange for its removal, the property owner will be charged for the cost of removal plus a 10% charge for administration. 


Residential owners can be fined $75 for the first offense, $125 for the second offense in the same winter season and $250 for any subsequent offense in the same winter season. Like business owners, should the city have to remove the snow and ice or arrange for its removal, the property owner will be charged for the cost of removal plus a 10% charge for administration. 

The City relies on a complaint based system for private sidewalks that are not properly plowed. To submit a complaint, please visit our See Click Fix program, Fix It Portland. If private property owners fail to remove snow after the City has issued a notice of violation, the City may contract the work out, and property owners will be billed for the costs of removal.  

Many Portlanders and commuters walk or bicycle to work even during winter months. Help keep sidewalks safe – join us in helping Portland stay ‘walkable’ during the winter months! Clear the sidewalk out front, and help neighbors when possible.

If you'd like to volunteer to help clear METRO bus stops in the winter, please click here.

Portland Winter Sidewalk Plow Map - Click here.

Snow Hauling / Bulk Snow Removal Operation - After large snow events, preparations are made to remove excess snow from Portland’s Downtown area and other restricted areas as needed. This often includes widening residential streets and intersections.

Winter Reminders from Portland Fire & EMS



Please keep your walkways clear in the event emergency personnel need to get to your door. This also allows pedestrians and mail carriers to walk safely in your neighborhood.

Portland has over 2,000 fire hydrants and could use your help in shoveling them out. Fire personnel work to shovel hydrants as soon as possible, but your assistance with this effort will help keep you and your neighbors safe.

Please check on your elderly neighbors during a storm who may need your help.

Please also note that Portland Public Works does have a TTY line available for the hearing impaired public at 207-874-8494.