Winter Guide

View the winter guide (PDF) to stay informed on protocols and best practices. DPW ensures the safety of Brookline residents during the winter season.

Stay Informed

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Winter Parking

During a declared snow emergency/parking ban, there is NO on-street parking in the Town of Brookline. This includes all parking meters regardless of overnight parking permits. Residents with permits to park overnight in Town-owned lots are not required to move their vehicles until 9am after the parking ban is lifted.

As always, there is no overnight parking on the streets of Brookline.

It's the Law

In 1987, Brookline town meeting voted a bylaw to require property owners to "maintain sidewalks contiguous to their property in a non-slippery condition suitable for pedestrian travel by clearing all snow and ice from a pathway at least 36 inches in width." The Town of Brookline will continue to enforce this bylaw to ensure the safe passage of pedestrians within the town.

Single-family and multi-family residences (of 5 families/units or more) must comply within 3 hours of a storm's end or within 3 hours after sunrise if the storm ends overnight. If you fail to comply with the town's sidewalk bylaw, you could be issued fines ranging from $25-100 per day.

Have You Shoveled?

Immediately after a storm, DPW pushes snow banks back to the curb line in order to provide for adequate storage space for future storms. Please consider this timetable when you open your driveways or clear your front walkways and sidewalks so that you may not be disappointed when a snowplow passes by after the snow has stopped falling.

If you own a property or business, please remember to do the following:

  • Maintain all sidewalks abutting your property or business in a non-slippery condition free of ice and snow.
  • If you are out of town, or are unable to clear ice and snow due to physical limitations, please be sure to have someone else prepared to maintain the sidewalk for you.
  • Clear openings at intersections and crosswalks so pedestrians can cross safely.
  • Always have a supply of ice-melt (CaCl2 or KCL) on hand and apply frequently after a storm and during the winter season to prevent snow from packing down and forming ice.
  • Whenever possible, please help to assist your Public Safety Departments by clearing catch basins and snow covered fire hydrants adjacent to your property. Remember, every second counts during an emergency.