Snow Removal Policy & Procedures

Snow Season

It's snow season! Please review the Snow Removal Season Handout.


The City's snow removal policy was created to establish an order of priority for removal of snow from public streets and parking lots. The priority list is as follows:

  • State Trunklines
  • Major City Streets
  • Local City Streets
  • City Owned Parking Lots
  • City Alleys


The objective of the City's standard operating procedures for snow removal is to establish an efficient and cost-effective protocol for winter maintenance of public streets and parking lots.

DPS will service parking areas after trunklines and major and local streets have been cleared, and the snow event is over. During a snow event with less than 3 inches of snowfall, while addressing trunklines and major/local streets, DPS will make a pass down the center of each row in the parking lots and the main thoroughfares of city-owned parking lots.


During snow emergencies, the City of Ypsilanti is divided into three overlapping areas which each contain a section of trunkline as well as major and local streets:
  • Washtenaw 1 and Upper 2
  • Michigan Avenue and Ecorse 3 and 4
  • Hamilton and Huron 5 and Lower 2