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Winter Sidewalk Safety Act Exemption


DC has a Winter Sidewalk Safety Act (WSSA), which requires District residents to remove snow and ice from the paved sidewalks, ramps, and curb cuts abutting their property within the first eight hours of daylight after the end of a winter storm.


If you need an exemption from the WSSA, you must apply by November 1st. To be eligible:

  • Residents must live in their own homes (single-family or apartment building with no more than three units)

  • AND be disabled and/or over 65.


More information is available on the DC Department of Public Works website. Thelink to apply is here.


Individuals who were exempted last year do not need to reapply. The exemption will carry over until March 2023.

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