Avoid tickets, get parked vehicles off the street during snow emergencies so roads can be plowed

Snow emergency rules for Dearborn


DEARBORN – Vehicles cannot be parked on neighborhood streets if a snow emergency has been declared in the city.

Parked vehicles left on the street will be ticketed. Police do not issue warnings. Tickets are $80.

Snow emergency parking rules apply to all neighborhood streets, except certain low traffic roads in southeast and northeast Dearborn. They are available for parking during snow emergencies and are marked with signs.

Snow emergencies are generally declared when 3 inches of snow or more is predicted within a short period of time, or when other weather conditions will make the roads hazardous.

Sometimes a snow emergency is declared ahead of a snow storm, to give residents plenty of warning to move their parked vehicles so they won’t get ticketed.

Even if a snow emergency is not declared, residents can help the city plow the roads faster and more effectively by moving parked vehicles off the street whenever significant snowfall is expected.

Outdoor early warning sirens will be activated to signal the beginning of a snow emergency and the legal requirement that residents move their parked vehicles off the street.

Residents can also check to see if a snow emergency is in effect via:

• Text or email messages from the public safety information system known as Nixle. Residents can sign up to receive alerts at Nixle.com.
• Snow emergency hotline at 313-943-2444.
• City website www.cityofdearborn.org, Facebook and Twitter pages.
• CDTV (government cable access channel. This is channel 12 on Comcast, channel 10 on WOW, and channel 99 on AT&T).
• TV and radio news.

Even after a snow emergency ends, police are permitted to ticket parked vehicles if they appear as if they have never been moved during the emergency. The most likely sign is that they are covered in snow.

It is also a good idea to remove parked vehicles when city crews are salting roads, to allow for better coverage.

Take into consideration that driveway aprons will be covered with snow from street plowing operations. It is an inconvenience, but necessary so that roads can remain safe for drivers. Do not put snow from driveways back into the cleared street.

Snow emergency parking options for residents in northeast, southeast Dearborn

The city recognizes that some residents do not have driveways and during snow emergencies cannot easily remove their parked vehicles from the streets as required by city ordinance. This is especially true in northeast and southeast Dearborn.

So, to help residents in those areas, the city has designated specific streets that residents can use temporarily for parking during a snow emergency.

Residents can park on the streets listed below during a snow emergency. They are marked with street signs.

Southeast Dearborn:
Eagle, from Amazon to Salina
Lapeer, from Ferney to Amazon
Lowrey, from Holly to Saulino Court
Westlawn, from Vernor to Burley
Tuxedo, from Ferney to Riverside Drive
Whittington, from Canterbury to Riverside Drive
Berkshire, from Industrial to Canterbury
Morningside, from Industrial to Wyoming
Riverside Drive, from Industrial to Vernor

Northeast Dearborn:
Blesser, from Maple to Oakman
Henson, from Maple to Oakman
Henn, from Chase to Williamson
Haggerty, from Maple to Calhoun
Paul, from Chase to Horger and between Schaefer and Hartwell
Hemlock, from Chase to Oakman
Donald, from Chase to Calhoun and between Reuter and Oakman
Alber, from Reuter to Oakman

View maps of the streets at www.cityofdearborn.org

Vehicles must be moved from the streets listed above within 24 hours of parking or they will be ticketed. This is to allow city crews to plow those streets as well following heavy snowfalls.

3 or more inches of snow must be cleared from sidewalks and ramps

Dearborn residents and property owners are required to keep sidewalks and ramps to crosswalks clear of snow and ice.

Doing so helps keep pedestrians and school children safe when walking, and allows access to businesses.

If sidewalks are not cleared after significant snowfall, the city can step in and remove snow or dangerous ice. Property owners would then get a bill from the city for the abatement plus at least a $75 additional fee.

The penalty to property owners will increase with each offense, with the fourth violation in a calendar year resulting in misdemeanor charges.

City ordinances give property owners 24 hours after the snowfall has ended to remove accumulations of three inches or more or any dangerous ice from public sidewalks and ramps leading to crosswalks.  If multiple snowfalls add up to three inches, then the same rules apply.

Abatement and enforcement will be a priority in areas heavily travelled by pedestrians, such as those near businesses or schools or on walking routes to those areas.