Clearing snow from driveways and sidewalks is a necessary evil Illinois residents have to deal with every winter, but did you know there are certain snow-related behaviors that could score you a ticket...or worse?

Joshua Lott
Joshua Lott

The Dos and Don'ts of Snow Shoveling

As I write this, the majority of Illinois is getting whooped by another major winter storm, and the sounds of shoveling, snow plows, and snow blowers will be our soundtrack for the next few days.

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We may all dread it, but going out to clear snow is something we all will have to do multiple times in the next day or 2, and there are certain etiquette laws that need to be followed.

man with a snow blowing machine


While these points may seem like common sense to some, far too many people in Illinois need a gentle reminder about being a polite snow blower.

  1. Don't fire up your snow blower at the crack or dawn or late at night unless absolutely necessary. When major accumulation is expected, go out several times to clear snow and don't wait until the very last minute when it absolutely has to be done.
  2. Don't let your neighbor who is in poor physical condition try to clear multiple inches of snow with a shovel, be kind and use your snow blower to do the job for them.
  3. Don't blow snow into the street, and be mindful of not blowing it all over your neighbor's driveway and/or sidewalk too.

Is Throwing Snow Into Your Neighbor's Yard Considered Trespassing in Illinois?

If your neighbor's driveway is located very close to yours, here's one important thing to remember when you go out to clear snow;

Pushing or blowing snow onto your neighbor's property is technically considered trespassing in Illinois and you could be ticketed for doing it. 

Now, I like to think most neighbors wouldn't raise a stink about some extra snow on their property, BUT some people are unpleasant and would call and complain to the cops.


What to Do If Your Neighbor Continually Blows Snow Onto Your Property

If you are unlucky enough to have a neighbor who purposely and repeatedly pushes snow onto your property, and politely asking them to stop isn't working, there is something you can do about it.

A lawyer on said this;

call the town or county code enforcement or police department and file a complaint. Depending on your jurisdiction, the local PD could issue a violation if they observe the placing of snow on your property.

Happy shoveling, my friends. Stay safe out there!

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