SPOKANE, Wash. -- Local city and county street departments are discouraging residents from plowing on public property.
The city of Spokane, Spokane County and the city of Coeur d'Alene said they do not have anything on the books that specifically bars residents from plowing public roads.
Although, Spokane does not allow people to move snow from private property to a public street. You can be cited, but the city said it has not been a big issue.
In Spokane County, a permit is required to do any type of work in a public roadway. On top of that the person plowing must be a licensed contractor and have their CDL.
If there is anything done on a county street that makes it unsafe, such as plowing without the county's permission, a person can be fined up to $500.
The City of Coeur d'Alene has no specific ordinance in place where a person would be cited for plowing a city street. However, it is a public safety concern for the city. The city said there have been cases in the past where a person wanted to help, but ended up damaging public property.
Last year, a decorative light pole was knocked over in downtown Coeur d'Alene. While the city would not cite this person for the plowing, they could be billed for causing damage.
People are encouraged to leave snow removal on public roads to the professionals. It could lead to property damage or possibly make road conditions worse.
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