Snow Removal

Johnston's snow ordinance is in effect from October through May, anytime snow removal efforts are required.

As a reminder to residents, the following policies are in place during snow removal operations.

Sidewalks and Private Properties

No one may place, throw, or push snow onto city streets from private property, sidewalks, or driveways.

All sidewalks adjacent to private property are the responsibility of the property owner. Sidewalks must be cleared of snow within 48-hours after a snowfall, or a fine may be issued. For more information, please review city code 136.03. 

City snow plows will not clear private driveways or private property except to allow emergency vehicles access to private property for fire, police, or EMS calls.

Parking on Public Streets

Parking of vehicles on public streets when snow/ice removal operations are in progress is prohibited. The violation may result in a fine and the vehicle being impounded at the owner's expense. For more, please review city code 69.11. 

Mailbox Damage

On occasion, a mailbox may be damaged during snow removal operations. If you discover damage to your mailbox caused by a city snowplow, contact the Public Works Department at 515-278-0822.

If it is determined that the damage was caused by a city plow, the city will either repair the damage, provide a standard replacement mailbox, or reimburse the resident up to the cost of a standard replacement mailbox.