Sidewalk Shoveling Exemption Program

November 1, 2021 – March 31, 2023

The Department of Public Works (DPW) is charged with enforcement of the Winter Sidewalk Safety Act (“WSSA”), which requires District residents to remove snow and ice from the paved sidewalks, curb ramps and curb cuts abutting their property after a snowstorm. Qualified residents who are disabled and/or 65 or older are exempt from enforcement with an approved exemption.

The Sidewalk Shoveling Exemption Program (SSEP) exempts qualified residents from enforcement by DPW for not removing snow and ice from their sidewalks within the first eight hours of daylight after the end of a winter storm. The exemption is valid for two consecutive snow seasons. Once approved, residents must apply every other year to DPW to continue to receive the exemption.

All individuals who were accepted into the 2021-2022 exemption program automatically will be placed in the program for this period without resubmitting an application. Those individuals will receive a certificate of acceptance from the Department of Public Works Solid Waste Education and Enforcement Program (SWEEP) for the Sidewalk Shoveling Exemption Program period November 1, 2021 – March 31, 2023. Any resident found to be ineligible for exemption last year will have to re-apply by November 1, 2021 to be considered for the upcoming exemption period.

For additional questions related to this program and eligibility, see the FAQ.

Age based Exemption

The resident was born before March 1, 1957 and is 65 years or older this snow season.

Required Proof
  • DC government issued Drivers License or Non-Drivers ID

Disability based Exemption

The resident is physically unable to remove snow or ice.

Required Proof
  • Evidence that they have been determined disabled through a government assistance program
  • or
  • Evidence from a doctor that he or she is physically unable to remove snow or ice.