Winter Snow Removal

Snow Emergencies

Whenever forecasts predict 2" or more of snow, parked vehicles must be removed from Snow Emergency Routes and only vehicles equipped with chains or snow tires may travel on Snow Emergency Routes.


Clear Snow from Sidewalks within 24 Hours

All sidewalks – residential and commercial – must be cleared within 24 hours after snow has stopped falling, per Township Ordinance. Pathways must be at least 24 inches wide and include an access to the street. Don't shovel snow back into the street or onto fire hydrants.

To report violations, call 9-1-1.


Road Salt Tips

Save our Streams from Road Salt

Although severe winter weather is a trial for everyone, observing a few guidelines will help everyone survive Mother Nature's worst.


Survival Tips

Township salting operations begin on primary highways as soon as snow or freezing rain starts to fall. Plowing begins after 2 to 3 inches accumulates. After primary routes are clear, plows proceed to secondary streets.

  • Stick to main thoroughfares whenever possible
  • Maintain a safe distance from snow removal equipment.
  • Don't use high beams on headlights when driving behind snow equipment since the reflected light can hinder the driver's vision.
  • If possible, park cars in driveways during inclement weather to allow curb-to-curb plowing.
  • Clear all sidewalks of snow and ice within 24 hours after precipitation ends. Snow may NOT be piled onto fire hydrants or onto streets. The pathway must be at least 24 inches wide and must include access to the street. See "Snow and Ice Removal Requirements" below for complete details.
  • To report violations, call 9-1-1.
  • Check Comcast Channel 42 and Verizon Channel 1960 , Cheltenham Township Emergency Management and KYW radio for snow emergency information. To receive all types of emergency notifications, sign up for
  • Remove parked cars from Snow Emergency Routes (see the list  below) whenever forecasts predict accumulations over 2 inches

Snow and Ice Removal Requirements

Chapter 255-2

A. Definitions. As used in this Article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:

LAST KNOWN ADDRESS - The address for the owner or occupant as listed in the records of the Montgomery County Board of Assessment.

OCCUPANT - The tenant or tenants with respect to one- or two-family dwellings, or the manager or person having care, custody or control of the building or lot with respect to three-family or larger dwellings, commercial businesses, industrial premises, vacant lots or unoccupied buildings.

OWNER - The property owner as listed with the Montgomery County Board of Assessment.

B.   It shall be the duty of the owner or occupant of any building or lot fronting or alongside a sidewalk ordinarily open to the public to remove all accumulations of snow and ice from the sidewalk no later than 24 hours after snow and/or ice (as applicable) has ceased to fall. Failure to comply will result, upon summary conviction before a Magisterial District Judge, to be sentenced to pay a fine in accordance with § 255-22.

(1) The cleared pathway shall not be less than 24 inches wide and shall be thoroughly cleared to that extent of snow and ice or other obstructions. A minimum of passage of not less than 24 inches shall also be cleared to the street. Handicapped access ramps shall be cleared to a minimum of passage of 24 inches.

(2) Should the snow and/or ice on the sidewalk be frozen so hard that it cannot be removed without injury to the pavement, the person charged with the responsibility for the snow and ice removal shall cause the sidewalk fronting or alongside building or lot to be strewn and to be kept strewn with sand, salt or any suitable abrasive material and shall, as soon thereafter as the weather shall permit (but no later than 48 hours thereafter), remove all such abrasive material as well as all ice and snow from such sidewalks.

(3) Service of Notice. Service of notice may be completed by personal service, service by mail, or by posting.

(a)  Personal service. Service of notice may be completed by handing a copy to the defendant, or by handing a copy, at the residence of the defendant, to an adult member of the family with whom the defendant resides, but if no adult member of the family is found, then to an adult person in charge of such residence where the nuisance exists.

(b)  Service by mail. Service of the notice may also be accomplished by mailing the notice to the last known address of the owner or occupant. Service by mail is complete upon mailing.

(c) Service by posting. Service of the notice may also be completed by posting a copy thereof in a conspicuous place upon the building or lot where the nuisance exists.


Snow Emergency & Non-emergency Procedures

Chapter 285-36 [Amended 11-21-1995 by Ord. No. 1846-95; 11-21-1995 by Ord. No. 1847-95]

When a highway snow emergency is declared, or whenever there is an ice storm, or snowfall when the forecast indicates an accumulation of more than two inches, at which plowing operations commence, residents shall remove vehicles from the streets which are designated snow emergency routes (shown below) into driveways or onto nearby streets not designated snow emergency routes, and, at this time, it shall be unlawful for any person or persons to:

  • Abandon any motor vehicle on any public highway in the Township.
  • Park any motor vehicle on the designated snow emergency routes listed herein.
  • Operate any motor vehicle or other vehicle on the designated snow emergency routes listed herein, or Township streets, without all-season/snow tires or chains.
  • Deposit or cause to be deposited any shoveled or plowed snow and ice on or against a fire hydrant or on any portion of any public highway or street.

Snow Emergency Routes

  • Ashbourne Rd. (Tookany Creek Pkwy to Washington Ln.)
  • Cedar Rd. (Church Rd. to Township Line Rd.)
  • Central Ave. (Ashbourne Rd. to Township Line Rd.)
  • Church Rd. (Falcon Dr. to Township Line Rd.)
  • Easton Rd. (Cheltenham Ave. to Mt. Carmel Ave.)
  • Greenwood Ave. (Township Line Rd. to Limkiln Pk.)
  • Limekiln Pk. (Mt. Carmel Ave. to Easton Rd.)
  • Mt. Carmel Ave. (Limekiln Pk. to East Rd., west side)
  • New Second St. (Cheltenham Ave. to Township Line Rd.)
  • Oak Lane Rd. (Cheltenham Ave. to Ashbourne Rd.)
  • Tookany Creek Pkwy. (New Second St. to Cheltenham Ave.)
  • Township Line Rd. (Washington Ln. to Greenwood Ave.)
  • Washington Ln. (Township Line Rd. to Cheltenham Ave.)
  • York Rd. (Township Line Rd. to Cheltenham Ave.)