Snow clearing on private property

Last updated December 1, 2022

In Montréal, snow clearing on private property is subject to certain rules. Learn about key instructions to be followed for residential properties, merchants’ parking areas, and industrial lots.

For safety reasons, you must clear snow from your property’s main entrance and the entrance to your parking area.

Where to put snow

In most boroughs, it is prohibited to put snow on the sidewalk or in the street when you remove it from your entrance or parking area. You must keep it on your property.

If you don’t have enough space to put the snow, some boroughs may allow you to put it on public property in some very specific situations. You may need a permit.

Snow disposal sites

If you are a snow removal contractor and you need to dump a large amount of snow, under certain conditions, you may use the city’s snow disposal sites.

Snow banks

City snow removal vehicles sometimes leave a snow bank on the sidewalk or in the street. If snow obstructs the entrance to your property or your parking area, you must remove it to clear the way.

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