City of Lincoln Winter Operations Plan

When Lincoln has a winter storm, the City’s goal is to keep the streets cleared and safe. For City crews to accomplish this goal effectively and efficiently, community cooperation is required. Residents are discouraged from parking on the street during any winter storm and are encouraged to plan ahead for alternative off-street parking.

Residents also are asked to stay informed on the status of winter operations. The City uses the following methods to inform the public:

  • Local news media sources
  • The City website –
  • Email alerts/RSS feed
  • City government access channels:
    • LNKTV City (ALLO channel 2, Spectrum channel 1300, Kinetic channel 1005)
    • LNKTV Health (ALLO channel 3, Spectrum channel 1301, Kinetic channel 1010)
  • Winter social media updates at @LTULNK on Twitter and @LTULincoln on Facebook

Parking Bans

When large amounts of snow need to be cleared from the streets, parking bans may be used to assist in ensuring emergency vehicles can respond appropriately. All emergency declarations and parking bans remain in effect until terminated by the City. Three types of parking bans may be declared: 

Snow Emergency Parking Bans:

Parking may be banned on both sides of emergency snow routes, arterial streets and bus routes. These routes must remain open for emergency vehicles. Along non-arterial streets, bus routes are marked with signs.

Snow Removal Districts Parking Bans:

Parking is banned on both sides of the street, including metered stalls, in areas designated as snow removal districts. In these areas, the snow is plowed into windrows, loaded into trucks and hauled out of the area. Typically, snow removal occurs between midnight and 8 a.m. The districts include streets in the following areas: Downtown, University Place, Havelock, Bethany, College View, 11th and “G”, 17th and Washington, 25th and Sumner.

During snow removal district parking bans, free downtown parking will be available from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. at Center Park Garage, 1100 “N” St. Residents will be charged for any time beyond the nine hours at the posted garage rate. If the vehicle remains in the facility past 10 a.m., the customer will be charged for the entire time the vehicle was in the facility.

Residential Parking Bans:

A residential parking ban applies to streets that are not emergency snow routes, arterials or bus routes, or included in a snow removal district. If residential parking bans are required, parking will be banned on only one side of the street, and the sides will not switch as they have in previous years. During residential bans, parking on odd-numbered sides of the street will be banned in odd-numbered years like 2021. Parking on even-numbered sides of the street will be banned in even-numbered years like 2022. 


Vehicles parked illegally during Snow Emergency, Snow Removal Districts or Residential parking bans are subject to fines, towing and storage costs at the owners’ expense. Vehicles parked in a way that do not allow emergency vehicles to pass may be ticketed for obstructing a public street. For information on towed vehicles, call the Emergency Communications Center, 402-441-6000.


City ordinance requires property owners to clear snow and ice from sidewalks by 9 a.m. the day following the end of the snowstorm. Sidewalks must be kept clear of snow and ice during the day. The entire width of the walk must be cleared, along with any adjoining wheelchair ramps or curb cuts. Residents are urged to report unshoveled sidewalks via the UPLNK app on their mobile phones or at

Notice is given to property owners after the City receives a complaint about an unshoveled sidewalk. City ordinance requires written notice to be left on the front door or other conspicuous place on the property. If an unresolved problem is reported again, the City may hire a snow removal contractor, and the owner is responsible for the charges. It is illegal to push or blow snow into or on any street, alley or sidewalk. Violators are subject to a fine. 

Snow windrows in front of driveways is an unintended consequence resulting from snow being cleared from the center of the street into the gutter. To assist in avoiding this situation, LTU recommends removing snow up to 10 feet to the left of a driveway to create room along the curb for plowed snow.

Property owners are encouraged to clear snow around fire hydrants and shovel a path to the street. This can make a significant difference in the time it takes for Lincoln Fire and Rescue to respond to a fire.

Information in Other Languages

  • Spanish – El Centro de las Americas – 402-474-3950
  • Arabic – Good Neighbor Community Center – 402-477-5545
  • Vietnamese, Karen, Chinese, Burmese, Thai, Japanese, Arabic, Nuer, Dinka, Russian, Amharic and French – Asian Community Center and Fusion Project – 402-477-3446
  • Informacion en Espanol – El Centro de las Americas – 402-474-3950
  • Tiếng Việt, tiếng Caren, tiếng Trung Quốc, tiếng Miến Điện, tiếng Thái, tiếng Nhật, tiếng A- rập, tiếng Nuer, tiếng Dinka, tiếng Nga, tiếng Amharic và tiếng Pháp – Trung Tâm Á Châu và Fusion Project, số điện thoại 402-477-3446
  • Information in Other Languages - Karen

  • Asian Community and Cultural Center and Fusion Project Information in Other Languages - Japanese402-477-3446
  • المعلومات بلغات أخرى اللآتـــــية
    اللغــة- الفيتنامية , كارين ، والصينية , والبورمية , التايلاندية , اليابانية, العربية ،
    النوير ، الدينكا , الروسية , الأمهرية, الفرنسية – مركز المجتمع الآسيوية و مــشروع فــيوشــن
  • Information in Other Languages - Nuer
  • Информация на разных языках
    Вьетнамский ,карен, бирмийский ,тайский, японский ,арабский ,нуэрский динский ,русский, амхарский и французкий- Asian Community Center and Fusion Project – 402-477-3446.

Property Damage in Right of Ways

The areas between the paved streets and sidewalkare owned by the City and referred to as the Right of Way.” Property owners are allowed to place objects in this area, such as mailboxes, sprinkler systems, landscaping and driveways. Property owners are responsible for maintenance, replacement or any damages to the objects on this City property caused by, but not limited to snow removal, street sweeping or other City activities. For more information, contact the City Law Department at 402-441-7281.