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Homeowners and business owners have snow removal responsibilities that help keep our City safe. By practicing a few common courtesies, traveling around Omaha can be better for everyone.

  • Clear sidewalks promptly; especially if your walk is next to a busy road. If pedestrians are forced to walk in the street, accidents can occur. Unfortunately, City Street crews will repeatedly plow and re-cover sidewalks. We apologize for the problem this creates but it is inevitable. Sidewalks should be cleared away from the street rather than pushing the snow back towards the street.
  • Clear snow around fire hydrants. Do not bury hydrants with snow from walks or drives.
  • Do not plow, shovel or blow snow back into the street. This often creates a dangerous refreeze condition. Salt on the street melts the snow which then refreezes as temperatures drop.
  • Keep your mailbox clear. City crews have to remain a couple feet away from mailboxes while plowing to avoid damaging them. Often this leaves a windrow in front of the mailbox that prevents the mail carrier from reaching it. The U S Post Office requires that the street in front of mailboxes be cleared or they may not deliver mail.
  • Be a good neighbor. The good deed will be returned. Whether it is running the snow blower a few extra feet down your neighbor's walk or making sure you do not blow snow on your neighbor's already-cleared driveway, these considerations will be remembered.
  • If your home has stairs or steep walks, consider using ice melt. It will prevent snow from thawing and refreezing creating a very treacherous condition.

Sidewalk Snow Removal

Outside Omaha's City Limits - To report snow on sidewalks outside Omaha's city limits, contact either homeowners' association, sanitary and improvement district board or your local governing entity.

clearing-snow-from-sidewalkInside Omaha's City Limits – The Omaha Municipal Code states that it shall be the duty of the occupant, as well as the duty of the owner, of any lot or land or real estate in the city, to clear all ice and snow from the sidewalks adjoining the said lot, land, or real estate within 24 hours after the city has declared that snow removal operations on the city's major streets are complete.

Omaha Municipal Code Sec. 34-332 Removal Required and Sec. 34-333, Removal by City

Frequently Asked Questions

  • To whom do I report uncleared sidewalks abutting schools or school properties?
    Contact the school or appropriate school district. OPS-Westside-Millard

  • Who do I report uncleared sidewalks abutting parks and park trails or on Pedestrian overpasses or bridge overpasses?
    Contact the Parks Department at 444-5955 or 444-5920.

To report all other sidewalks that are not cleared of snow and ice, fill out this form.