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Sidewalk Shoveling Exemption

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Sidewalk Shoveling Exemption Program November 1, 2021 – March 31, 2023

The Department of Public Works is charged with enforcement of the Winter Sidewalk Safety Act (“WSSA”), which requires District residents to remove snow and ice from the paved sidewalks, curb ramps and curb cuts abating their property after a snow storm. Qualified residents who are disabled and/or over the age of 65 are exempt from enforcement with an approved exemption.

The Sidewalk Shoveling Exemption Program exempts qualified residents from enforcement by the Department of Public Works for not removing snow and ice from their sidewalks within the first eight hours of daylight after the end of a winter storm. The exemption is valid for two consecutive snow seasons. Once approved, residents must apply every other year to the Department of Public Works to continue to receive the exemption. Those residents that applied last year need not apply this year. The deadline to apply is November 1, 2021. Residents who received an exemption last year will continue to receive an exemption this year.

All individuals who were accepted into last year’s snow shoveling exemption program automatically will be placed in the program for this period without resubmitting an application. Those individuals will receive a certificate of acceptance from the Department of Public Works Solid Waste Education and Enforcement Program (SWEEP) for the Sidewalk Shoveling Exemption Program period November 1, 2021 – March 31, 2023. Any resident ineligible for exemption last year will have to re-apply to be considered.

For additional questions related to this program and eligibility, see the FAQ

To apply for your exemption go to Sidewalk Shoveling Exemption Form

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