Ask for permission to put snow in the street

What if there’s no place for you to put snow on your property? In some boroughs, under some conditions, you may be allowed to put it on the sidewalk or in the street. Full details here.

In most boroughs, it is prohibited to put snow in the street, on the sidewalk or on public property.

However, some boroughs may allow this in certain very specific situations. You may need a permit.

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It is prohibited to move snow from a private property onto the sidewalk, the street, or public property.

Authorization

Owners or the occupants of residential, commercial, industrial or institutional properties who don’t have anywhere to put snow can apply for a permit to put it on public property. The procedure is the same for a new application or renewal of a permit.

The snow removal contractor or the occupants or the property owner may apply for the permit.

The permit is valid from November 1 to April 30 of the following year. It must be displayed in a window and be visible from the street.

If you have questions, write to [email protected].

Fees

Up to 5 dwelling units

$51

6 to 8 dwelling units

$306

9 or more dwelling units

$8.75 per square metre of the area to be cleared of snow

Commercial, industrial and institutional properties

$8.75 per square metre of the area to be cleared of snow

Alleys

If you clear snow from an alley and want to put it in the street, you must apply for a permit. The cost is $8.75 per square metre of the area to be cleared.

If you put snow on the sidewalk, in the street or on public property without authorization from the borough, you may be liable to a fine.

Documents

Communication channels

Point of service

Remote service only
555 Rue Chabanel Ouest
Suite 600
Montréal, QC H2N 2H8

Fill out the form and bring it to your borough’s service point along with your payment (cheque made out to “Ville de Montréal”, debit or credit card, or cash).

Point of service

Remote service only
555 Rue Chabanel Ouest
Suite 600
Montréal, QC H2N 2H8

Send us your form and a cheque made out to “Ville de Montréal”.

Legislation

It is prohibited to move snow from a private property onto the sidewalk, the street, or public property, except in the following situation.

When a property with a maximum of 6 dwelling units includes a garage but no outdoor parking space, snow may be put in the street under certain conditions.

You do not have to apply for a permit.

When there is at least 5 cm of snow on the ground, you may put snow in the street, on the same side as your property, before the city starts loading operations.

Only snow from your garage entrance and your main entrance may be put in the street.

Be careful not to block any of the following:

  • movement of pedestrians or vehicles
  • access to a driveway, a bus zone, a community mailbox, a bus stop zone or a fire hydrant
  • access to parking reserved for people with a disability

Your snow bank:

  • must not be more than 2 m wide
  • must not be located more than 1 m from the sidewalk

Applications for permits are allowed as of October 31, 2022.

It is prohibited to move snow from a private property onto the sidewalk, the street, or public property,except in some situations.

Owners of residential, commercial or institutional properties who don’t have anywhere to accumulate snow can ask for a permit to put snow on public property.

The snow removal contractor, the owner of the property or the tenant in the building may apply for the permit.

Hanging the permit in a window is compulsory so that it is visible from the street.

If you put snow on the sidewalk, in the street or on public property without authorization from the borough, you may be liable to a fine.

Fees

Per square metre of the area to be cleared of snow.

Up to 8 dwelling units

$6.20

9 or more dwelling units

$10.30

Commercial, industrial and institutional properties

$10.30

Required documents

The following information is required:

  • a site plan indicating the size of the area to be cleared
  • the owner’s complete contact information
  • the name of the snow removal contractor (if applicable)

Communication channels

Point of service

5160 Boulevard Décarie
Montréal, QC H3X 2H9

Bring your information and your payment to your borough’s service point.

It is prohibited to move snow from a private property onto the sidewalk, the street, or public property,except in some situations.

If you don’t have enough space to put snow on your property, you can remove it from your main entrance or driveway and put it in the street.

You must put it in the street before the city starts loading snow.

If you have space to put snow on your property but you put it on the sidewalk, in the street or on public property, you may be liable to a fine.

It is prohibited to put snow from a property located in a commercial, industrial or school zone onto the sidewalk, the street or public property.

Residential buildings

You can put snow from a private property on t in the street, as long as:

  • the volume of the snow is not greater than 8 m long by 2 m high
  • the snow does not get in the way of pedestrians or vehicles.

If you put snow on the sidewalk, in the street or on public property and you are not authorized to do so, you may be liable to a fine. You must also ensure that the fire hydrants are kept clear and accessible.

It is prohibited to move snow from a private property onto the sidewalk, the street, or public property, except in some situations.

If you don’t have space to put snow on your property, you can apply for a permit to put in on public property.

You will need a permit for a building of 9 or more dwelling units or for a commercial, industrial or institutional building.

The snow removal contractor, the owner of the building or one of its occupants may apply for the permit. 

The permit is valid from November 1 to April 30 of the following year. It must be displayed in a window and be visible from the street.

Permit cost

The cost of the permit is $9.50 per square metre of the area to be cleared of snow.

If you put snow on the sidewalk, in the street or on public property without authorization from the borough, you may be liable to a fine

Required documents

You must provide a sketch showing the dimensions of the area from which snow needs to be cleared.

Communication channels

It is prohibited to move snow from a private property onto the sidewalk, the street, or public property, except in some situations.

Authorization

If your residential building has a maximum of 4 dwelling units and you lack space to put the snow removed from your parking spaces, you may apply for a permit to put it on public property.

The permit is valid from November 1 to April 1 of the following year. It must be displayed in a window and be visible from the street.

The owner of the building, or an occupant, may apply for the permit.

Fees

First parking space

$188.50

Each additional parking space

$124 per unit

If you put snow on the sidewalk, in the street or on public property without authorization from the borough, you may be liable to a fine.

Apply

311

Outside of Montréal: 514-872-0311

Monday to Friday: From 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Point of service

815 Rue Bel-Air
First floor
Montréal, QC H4C 2K4

Bring your information and your payment to your borough’s service point.

It is prohibited to move snow from a private property onto the sidewalk, the street, or public property.

If you put snow on the sidewalk, in the street or on public property, you may be liable to a fine.

It is prohibited to move snow from a private property onto the sidewalk, the street, or public property.

However, in three areas, you can now get authorization to pile snow onto public property and with this authorization, access to an authorized snow removal service (in French).

Snow is picked up and taken to a snow deposit site by our teams during snow removal operations.

Steps

  1. Check conditions and geographic areas for this authorization. 
  2. Apply for a permit online.
  3. If your application is approved, you will receive an invoice by e-mail. 
  4. Pay in person in an Accès Montréal office or by postal mail by sending a cheque to the following address: 
    Accès Montréal office
    Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
    6854 Rue Sherbrooke Est
    Montréal, QC H1N 1E1
    The check must be made to the order of “Ville de Montréal” for the amount specified on the bill and with the following information on the back of the cheque: Application number (which begins with 300) as well as the address of the site the application concerns.
  5. Get your permit by e-mail or pick it up at the Accès Montréal office.

Conditions 

To get authorization to pile snow in the street, you must:

  • Live, manage a business or own a building in one of the geographic areas where this service is available
  • Have a private space that is not sufficient for snow storage

Geographical areas

Three areas are eligible.

View the map (in French)

Permit application

You can apply for a permit if:

  • You own the building
  • You are a tenant
  • You represent the company that removes snow from private property

However, it is the responsibility of the owner or occupant to ensure that the certificate has been obtained. 

Permit duration and display

The permit is valid from November 1 to April 30 of the following year. It must be displayed in a window and visible from the street.

Fees

Residential buildings

$50 per parking space

Public and private lanes that are cleared of snow by residents

$4.50 per square metre of surface to be cleared

Commercial, industrial and institutional establishments

$8.50 per square metre of surface to be cleared

Where and how to deposit cleared snow

Before snow removal operations, place snow on the curbside in front of your building. 

Snow must not:

  • Impede access to the sidewalk or road
  • Block access to the building or driveway 
  • Exceed a width of two metres from the road or sidewalk

As well, snow must not be piled:

  • Less than five metres from an intersection
  • Within a 1.5 metre radius from a fire hydrant 
  • In front of a parking space that is reserved for people with reduced mobility 
  • On a bike path 
  • In front of a neighbouring lot
  • Within a one metre radius of a sump
  • In a zone that is reserved for buses and taxis 

If you pile snow onto public property or disobey the rules, you risk being fined.

If you have questions, please see the FAQ below. Otherwise, call 311.

Documents

Apply

6854 Rue Sherbrooke Est
Montréal, QC H1N 1E1

If necessary, you can complete the form in person at the borough’s Accès Montréal office.

It is prohibited to move snow from a private property onto the sidewalk, the street, or public property.

If you put snow on the sidewalk, in the street or on public property, you may be liable to a fine.

It is prohibited to move snow from a private property onto the sidewalk, the street, or public property.

If you put snow on the sidewalk, in the street or on public property, you may be liable to a fine.

It is prohibited to move snow from a private property onto the sidewalk, the street, or public property.

If you put snow on the sidewalk, in the street or on public property, you may be liable to a fine.

It is prohibited to load, move or transport snow or ice onto public property. Snow must be piled onto the property of private buildings, making sure not to create snow banks that are higher than 3.5 metres from ground level, or higher than 2.5 metres if the property is curbside.

Only snow that is covering public property, such as a driveway entrance, can be moved to the curbside, making sure not to block access on the sidewalk or the street.

Residential buildings

For buildings with four dwellings or fewer with an accumulation of 1.5 metres of snow covering the entire lot, snow that is covering the driveway to an indoor garage can be piled onto the street.

When there is at least 5 cm of accumulated snow, the snow must be piled in the street within 24 hours of the end of precipitation on the same side of the street as the building and ideally before the city begins loading snow.

Be careful not to block any of the following:

  • movement of pedestrians or vehicles
  • access to a driveway, a bus zone, a community mailbox, a fire hydrant, a pedestrian crossing or a street corner
  • access to parking reserved for people with a disability

Your snow bank:

  • must not be more than 1.5 m high

If you put snow on a sidewalk, in the street or on public property without complying with by-laws, you may be liable to a fine.

Legislation

It is prohibited to move snow from a private property onto the sidewalk, the street, or public property.

If you put snow on the sidewalk, in the street or on public property, you may be liable to a fine.

You must keep snow on your property.

Authorization

If you don’t have space to put snow on your property, you can put it in the street, provided you follow certain rules.

Snow must be dumped:

  • before the start of snow removal operations
  • in a way that does not obstruct the sidewalk
  • in front of the property the snow was removed from, on the same side of the street
  • at least two metres from the curb or sidewalk

Snow may not be dumped:

  • less than five metres from an intersection;
  • less than three metres from a fire hydrant;
  • in a school bus stopping zone.

You must keep snow on your property.

Authorization

If you don’t have enough space to put snow on your residential property, you can remove snow from your main entrance or driveway and put it in the street. You must do this before the city starts loading snow.

 You must put the snow on the side of the street. Make sure it does not get in the way of pedestrians or vehicles, or block a bicycle path that has been cleared of snow.

If you put snow on the sidewalk, in the street or on public property after snow has been loaded by the city, you may be liable to a fine.

It is prohibited to move snow from a private property onto the sidewalk, the street, or public property,except in some situations.

Authorization

If you don’t have space to put snow on your property, you can remove snow from the approach to a parking lot or a loading platform and put it in the street.

When there is at least 5 cm of snow on the ground, you may put snow on the street, on the same side as your property, before the city starts loading operations. Do not put snow in front of a building.

Only snow from your garage entrance and your main entrance may be put in the street.

Be careful not to block any of the following:

  • movement of pedestrians or vehicles
  • access to a driveway, a bus zone, a community mailbox, a bus stop zone, a pedestrian crossing, a street corner or a fire hydrant 
  • access to parking reserved for people with a disability

Your snow bank must not be more than 2 m high.

If you put snow on the sidewalk, in the street or on public property, you may be liable to a fine.

It is prohibited to move snow from a private property onto the sidewalk, the street, or public property.

If you put snow on the sidewalk, in the street or on public property, you may be liable to a fine.

It is prohibited to move snow from a private property onto the sidewalk, the street, or public property.

If you put snow on the sidewalk, in the street or on public property, you may be liable to a fine.