San Bernardino County Special Districts Department wants to make sure you
enjoy this snow season with the least amount of inconvenience.
Therefore in order to ensure the safety and general welfare of the public
and property owners who use our roads, we have prepared these snow removal
procedures. Please see our road
district section to determine if you are in a Special Districts road
When the snow reaches a depth of 3 inches, plows are activated, as needed,
for efficient snow removal on Special Districts Maintained Roads.
Depending on snow accumulation,
two, three, or more passes will be needed to widen roadways, open drainages,
and if necessary, provide off-road parking so that roads will not be blocked
by abandoned vehicles. Primary Removal Routes are considered open if 4
x 4 vehicles with tire chains can negotiate them.
Do not park your vehicle where it will interfere with
snow removal operations.
residents need to be aware that during the snow season there is an Ordinance
in effect (S.D. 85-14) which allows for removal of any vehicle, at the
owner’s expense, that is parked or left in any manner which interferes
with snow removal operations on District roads.
your vehicle is interfering with snowplow operations within any Special
District area you will find a bright yellow Warning Notice on your vehicle.
If you receive such a notice, please move your vehicle immediately.
Within a reasonable time, if your vehicle is not moved, it may be towed (do
not assume that you will receive a notice prior to being towed). If
your vehicle is towed, you will be responsible for all towing and storage
charges. If a vehicle has been abandoned or parked so that it
interferes with snow removal operations, it will be up to the operator to
determine whether or not he can safely plow a particular road. If the
operator determines that he cannot safely access or plow the road due to an
abandoned or parked vehicle the road will not be plowed until the vehicle is
moved. Please be aware, during winter storms it can take several
hours before a tow truck is available. The operator cannot wait until
the vehicle is moved, so the district may not receiving snow removal
services for many hours or even a day.
office receives many complaints about snow berms in front of driveways.
The County Of San Bernardino Public Works and Special Districts Department
does not have a berm removal program. Therefore each resident
will receive a snow berm in front of their driveway. Please keep in
mind that if there is 1 foot of snow and the road is 10 feet wide, you can
expect to receive up to 5 feet of snow in front of your driveway.
will be spread on an as-needed basis throughout the Districts, however, tire
chains should be carried at all times and used when needed. Primary
Removal Routes are considered open if 4 x 4 vehicles with tire chains can
within 3 feet of the roadway
be advised, pursuant to County Of San Bernardino Mountain Condition
Guidelines for Encroachment Permits it is prohibited to build any
structure including fences, retaining walls, gardens, concrete etc. within 3
feet of the roadway. The exception to this rule is if you have an
encroachment permit from Special Districts for a driveway or parking area.
Many properties in Special Districts areas were built prior to the adoption
of this policy or without permits which is why your structure was allowed to
be constructed. However, based on this ordinance,
and its contractors will not be responsible for any damage to property that
is within 3 feet of the roadway.
order to prevent damage to this property, we recommend you place snow poles
or markers on these items over 5 feet in height so the operator is aware of
the encroachment. However, placing snow poles on this encroachment
does not ensure that this property will not be damaged and does not make
Special Districts or its contractors responsible for any damage to this
area, particularly during a heavy snowstorm when there is limited area
for snow removal.
do I contact for my snow removal concerns:
regular business hours you may contact Special Districts Department at (909)
387-5940 or send an email.
After regular business hours and on
weekends please call the County Communications Center at (909) 356-3805 and
the appropriate Special Districts Staff member will be paged.