Brush up on North Haven’s winter weather protocols 

Personal safety

Older residents and those with health problems are reminded to avoid the extreme physical activity connected with shoveling snow. Also, skiers, operators of snowmobilers and all-terrain vehicles are advised to keep vehicles off town streets at all times.

Travel safety

When traveling, exercise extreme caution. During winter storm events, limit travel to trips which are absolutely necessary. Please keep a minimum of 75 feet from snow control vehicles.


Residents are encouraged to refrain from parking on the street during and immediately after snowstorms. A parking ban may be declared by the Chief of Police as conditions warrant in accordance with Town Ordinance (Sec. 175). Stay tuned to local radio and television for updates. When in effect, the parking ban greatly improves the proper cleaning of snow and enhances both public and employee safety.

Treated salt

In the event of a winter storm resulting in mixed or frozen precipitation or at the beginning of a snowstorm, all roads will receive an application of treated salt normally within the first three hours and as needed thereafter.

Snow plowing

During snowstorms (usually greater than two inches accumulation) town crews will plow based on established town priorities. Main roads are plowed first, followed by residential streets with one pass in either direction until the snowfall ceases. Then all roads are plowed to the curb.

Cul de sacs

Residents are encouraged to be patient with the removal of snow from these areas as necessary large snow removal equipment often prohibits the full clearing of some areas where there is insufficient room available. Alternate equipment may be dispatched when storm conditions have subsided. Priority is given to clearing access in the roadway first.

Private plowing

Depositing of any snow from private driveways in the public streets that results in a hindrance to traffic is prohibited. This includes piles pushed across the street and the windows that are created in the street. Homeowners and plowing contractors should take notice that violators may be subject to a fine of $100 per offense. Homeowners may be held responsible for the actions of their contractors.


The town is not responsible for snow deposited in private driveways. Plow operators have little discretion on where this snow can go. Residents should understand the town’s priority is to clear streets to ensure public safety. Residents should throw/shovel snow to the down traffic side of the driveway. This will minimize the amount that will be pushed back into the driveway.


Property owners are responsible for clearing all snow and ice from sidewalks adjacent to their property within 24 hours of the end of the snowfall or precipitation (Sec. 180-4).


Residents should make certain that their mailboxes are at least 42 inches high and set back slightly from the road so that the postal carrier can reach it. In the event mailboxes are damaged from plowed snow, the Public Works Department may assist residents in making temporary repairs as resources allow to ensure continued mail delivery.

Basketball hoops

It is illegal to install a basketball hoop in the town right-of-way. The town does not repair or replace basketball hoops that are illegally installed in this area and damaged from plowing operations. Please move all portable basketball hoops out of the town right-of-way in advance of snow. The town is not responsible for damage to basketball hoops and misc. objects left in the town right-of-way.

Fire hydrants

Adopt the fire hydrant nearest your home and keep it clear of snow and ice.

Treated salt

Small quantities of treated salt mix is available to residents at the Recycling Center on Elm Street on a self-service basis.


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