Preparing your property and reporting damage

Preparing your property for the winter

Gatineau prefers blowing snow to the side because it helps:

  • complete snow clearing operations and make the streets safe sooner;
  • save on the cost of transporting snow;
  • protect the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions; and
  • avoid expanding or adding snow dumps.

Protect your lawn against any gravel that might land there by laying down a geotextile membrane next to the street. This small effort will save you a lot of work in the spring!

You can also protect your shrubs and flower beds with cones, snow fences and other tools that can be purchased at the store.

Property damage

Snow accumulation can sometimes reduce visibility. Gatineau's snow clearing equipment can accidentally damage lawns near the municipal right-of-way or on your property. Be sure to report these incidents by calling 311. Someone will be sent out to check the damage. If it turns out that Gatineau is responsible, it will make the repairs in the summer.

There may be other damage. However, you should be aware that if you spread a geotextile membrane or install a wall or a sprinkler on the right-of-way, Gatineau cannot be held responsible if its equipment damages any of these while clearing the snow.

The municipal by-law stipulates that any structure, vegetation, edging or wall must be fully on private property at least 1.5 m from any sidewalk or curb. Gatineau will not be held responsible for any damage incurred in the event of non-compliance with this provision, and will not undertake any work or provide any financial compensation.

For additional information, check the pamphlet, in particular the section on standards, to ensure that anything installed on your property is in accordance with the municipal by-law.

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