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Snow Removal


Cottonwood Heights Snow Removal Policy and Procedure (Abridged)
To read the full snow removal policy, please click the link in the grey side box.



The purpose of this is policy is to state the city’s philosophy and objectives for snow removal in the city and to establish procedures for the implementation of that philosophy and accomplishment of the stated objectives for removal of snow and ice on city streets and sidewalks in Cottonwood Heights.     


The objective of these policies and procedures is to give direction for timely and efficient removal of snow and ice from city streets and walkways in Cottonwood Heights.  Priority is given to streets which carry the largest traffic volume. Limited resources require such prioritization which will typically result in delayed attention to lower priority residential streets.  Snow packed or icy conditions may develop on lower priority streets during storms of high intensity or long duration, but plowing will continue until all streets have been cleared.  Our goal is to have all streets cleared 24 hours after the end of a storm.


This policy is intended for publicly maintained streets located within the municipal boundaries of Cottonwood Heights. The city maintains more than 252 lane miles of arterial, secondary and residential streets that have been divided into four (4) priorities.

Please refer to the city’s current snow removal map for current route prioritization.



Parking on the Street:

City Code: 11.20.130 Parking prohibited when.

A. It is unlawful for any person who owns or has possession, custody or control of any vehicle to park or knowingly allow to be parked any vehicle on any street:

1.       After any snow accumulation, until 24 hours after the end of such accumulation;

2.       Upon any street or alley for longer than 24 consecutive hours; or

3.       For any period longer than that allowed by appropriate signs, markings or parking meters giving notice of such parking time limitations.

B. Whenever any police officer finds a vehicle upon a street or alley in violation of the provisions of this section, the officer may have the vehicle impounded or otherwise removed.


City Code: 14.12.050 Landscaping overhanging street pavement.

Trees and landscaping which overhang the street pavement shall be trimmed to a minimum height of thirteen and one-half feet above the street pavement. Trees and landscaping which violate the requirements of this section may be trimmed or removed by city employees or by any other person or entity designated by the city after 20 days’ notice by certified mail to the property owner has been given. The city shall be entitled to reimbursement of the costs incurred by it in trimming trees and landscaping under this section, and may seek such reimbursement by sending an itemized invoice by certified mail to the property owner at its last known address. If the property owner fails to pay such costs to the city within 20 days after the date of mailing such invoice, the city may cause suit to be brought in an appropriate court of law seeking such payment, interest thereon at the statutory rate, and the city’s attorney’s fees and costs of suit.


14.32.060 Snow removal—Required.

It is unlawful for the owner, occupant, lessor or agent of property abutting on a paved sidewalk to fail to remove or cause to be removed from such sidewalk and any existing pedestrian curb ramp all hail, snow or sleet within a reasonable time after the hail, snow or sleet has fallen. Such removal shall in any event occur not later than the same day in which the snow, hail or sleet has fallen; provided that snow, sleet and hail falling after 8:00 p.m. may be removed the following day by 10:00 a.m.


14.32.070 Snow and debris removal—clogging gutter or depositing in public way prohibited.

It is unlawful for:

A. Any person removing snow or debris from a sidewalk or curb ramp to deposit snow, dirt or other material in a gutter so as to clog the same or prevent the free flow of water therein.

B. Any person to place, dump or push snow, dirt or other material onto public streets or sidewalks.


Public Relations:

Providing information to the public before, during and after a storm is a vital part of the snow removal process. Residents need to know how they can help facilitate snow removal and what they can expect in terms of a response to a winter storm. Information to the public can be found in articles in the Cottonwood/Holladay Journal, the city web site, and messages on the city’s Facebook page Each year prior to the first snowfall, information will be distributed through these resources to inform residents of winter requirements for parking, snow removal from sidewalks etc.

During snow events residents are encouraged to check the priority maps then call the Cottonwood Heights City “Snow Event Hotline at (801) 944 7071 or email us at or If they feel they have been missed or they have an issue with snowplowing on their street.

Snowplow operators have been trained to follow the priorities set in the policies and procedures section.  It is detrimental to respond to individual complaints before operators have responded in accordance with the snow removal policy. Complaints will be logged and given to supervisors for review and action.

Claims from residents for property damage caused by snowplows should be reported to Linda Dunlavy the city’s risk manager at (801)944-7021 or e mail at