Albany's Declared a Snow Emergency - Now What?

When the snow starts to fall in Albany, many of you may be wondering where to park to avoid a fine, as well as who is responsible for clearing the sidewalk in front of where you live. Below is Albany's snow removal plan: know your responsibilities and be prepared in the case of a snow emergency!

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Snow Removal


The Department of General Services is responsible for all snow plowing and ice treatment of over 250 miles of city streets. DGS hires outside contractors to help with the plowing and removal of snow and ice for over 670 city streets.


It is the responsibility of all property owners and/or residents to remove snow and ice from the sidewalks adjacent to their property within 24 hours of the end of a snowstorm. If your property is not cleared of snow/ice within 24 hours of a snowfall, The Department of General Services will then perform the removal of snow and ice and the cost will be billed to the property owner, which may result in a $100 fine for each occurrence.

Please Note

At no time should anyone shovel, snow blow, or plow any snow or ice into the city streets or crosswalks. Violators may be fined up to $100 per violation, plus cost of removal.

Snow Emergencies

The Albany Snow Hotline “476-SNOW” provides information on Snow Emergencies and winter weather events.

When a major snow event occurs, a snow emergency will be declared. Normal parking regulations will be temporarily suspended and parking is only allowed on the even side of the street for the first 24 hours. After 24 hours from the start of the snow emergency residents must move their vehicles to the odd numbered side of streets for the next 24 hours or until the emergency is declared over.

Permitted Parking Locations During A Snow Emergency

Arbor Hill /Sheridan Hollow

  • Parking Area, Arbor Hill Softball Field (North Lark Street)
  • 230 Colonie Street (playground lot)
  • 178 Colonie Street (playground lot)
  • Ten Broeck Mansion (parking lot)

Pine Hill

  • Ridgefield Park (on Partridge Street)
  • Woodlawn Park Little League
  • Waterson Park (Westland Hills) Enter On Colvin Avenue or Austain Avenue.
  • Washington Park (all roadways and parking areas)

South End

  • Krank Park Area
  • Franklin Street (between Schuyler Street & Bassett Street – east side)
  • Lincoln Park (all interior roadways & parking area)
  • Frisbee Avenue parking lot (between Second Avenue and McCarty Avenue)

Center Square / Mansion

  • 77 Philip Street (playground)
  • 88 Philip Street (playground)
  • 179 Myrtle Avenue (in front of Community Gardens)

North Albany

  • Hackett Park parking lot across from North Albany Post

West End

  • Bleecker Stadium (parking area & roadways)
  • North Side of Livingston Avenue, Tivoli Park (opposite Judson Street)

If your vehicle has been towed, call the Albany Police Department at 438-4000 for information on how to retrieve your vehicle.

If you would like to report a concern regarding snow and ice removal please call the Department of General Services at 434-CITY (2489). When calling please be sure to have the exact address and cross streets of the location you are calling in about.

Always consult the City of Albany Snow and Ice Removal Page to check for sudden changes in policy.

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