Do you know SNOW CODE? Snow Policy and Procedures

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Code: November 1 – April 15 Towing Policy

In order to keep winter streets passable for emergency vehicles and to ensure snow accumulation is stored on boulevards and not on roadways, parking policies are in place.

No recreational vehicles can be parked on any City street from November 1, 2019 through April 15, 2020.This includes any trailer, recreational vehicle, boat, or other stored items parked within the public right-of-way between November 1 and April 15 may be towed and stored at the expense of the registered owner of the vehicle. Ord. 2326, 12-5-1983; amend Ord. 3243, 10-29- 2018)

Code: Emergency Snow Routes

The following streets are established and designated as emergency snow routes within the city (10 miles):

East-West Streets:

  • Broadway - Park Ave to Colonial Drive
  • Helena Ave – Last Chance to Railroad Ave
  • 6th Ave - Park Ave to Lamborn St
  • 11th Ave - Park Ave to Montana Ave

North-South Streets:

  • Benton Ave - Custer Ave to Neill Ave
  • California - 11th Ave to Winne St
  • Colonial – Fee St to Broadway
  • Hannaford St – Prospect Ave to 11th Ave
  • Henderson St – Custer to LeGrande
  • Park Ave - Neill Ave to Cruse
  • Rodney - Helena Ave to Broadway


Emergency Snow Routes Map
Emergency Snow Route Parking Ordinance
Snow Removal and Towing Brochure
Snow and ice Policy (2018-2019)

If you have an area you would like the Streets Division to look at, please contact them at 406-447-1566 or email them at citystreetsdivision(at) or fill out the general concern form. Be sure to describe the location of the issue by providing the name of the street and the closest cross street or streets to assist staff in locating the it so it can addressed.

Countdown clock for snow clearing:

The clock starts when snow stops falling and resets when snow begins falling again. Complaints must be reported only after clock expires.


Code: Sidewalk Snow and Ice Removal

In Helena when the snow falls, the amounts can vary from a light dusting to several inches at a time making it difficult for pedestrians to walk safely on the sidewalks and rights-of-way.

Every owner of property within the city fronting on or abutting a paved or brick sidewalk on
public rights of way must remove and clear away, or cause to be removed and cleared away:
any snow or ice from that portion of the sidewalk in front of or abutting their property, from all
portions of abutting ADA curb ramps and bulb outs, and from driveway aprons on rights of
way that must be crossed for pedestrian travel.

If you wish to report a sidewalk snow and/or ice violation wait until the snow has stopped falling for 24 hours or until the countdown clock expires to report locations. Complaints can be submitted anonymously using one of the following methods:

Describe the location of complaint providing the address or a detailed description of the location (example: on the NW corner of 11th and Rodney 3rd house in on the left) to ensure the area reported is the area inspected. If descriptions are vague or if reported before the countdown clock expires complaints may not be processed. For further information regarding sidewalk snow and ice issues contact the code enforcement officer at 406-447-8443.

Code: City of Helena's Responsibility

The City of Helena is responsible for snow and ice control on city streets within the City limits.


  • Some routes within the City are the responsibility of the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT); these routes are indicated on the route map.
  • On-street parking can only be cleared when no vehicles are present and resources allow.
  • Due to the oversize width of City equipment and lack of snow storage, alleys will not be plowed or sanded. In addition to alleys, the City does not remove snow and ice from sidewalks, private streets, driveways, or parking lots.