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Ask the Chief: Keep that snow pile on your own property

Red Wing Police Chief Roger Pohlman

"Ask The Chief" allows readers access to useful information about law enforcement issues in Red Wing. This communication tool has been developed to enhance community policing efforts by providing residents and visitors with the opportunity to ask questions about local laws, programs and the department in general.

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Q: What are the ordinances or laws in regards to plowing snow from one's driveway onto the curb side/yard on another's property across the street?

A: Great question, and by the time you read this, we should have more snow on the ground!

It is a misdemeanor for someone to remove snow from their property and deposit it on neighboring property, streets or sidewalks.

The Public Works website discusses snow removal and states "private snow operators and residents need to be aware that it is a misdemeanor for any person to plow snow across streets onto neighboring property, remove snow from private property and place it in any roadway or on a sidewalk, store snow on boulevard areas, and/or block street signs."

For a detailed view of how the city approaches snow removal, you can see the Snow and Ice Control Policy, located at the link below.


City of Red Wing website, Public Works Snow Removal — Residents section, on-line at:

City of Red Wing Snow and Ice Control Policy — on-line at: