Clearing snow and ice yourself

Clearing snow and ice yourself

Contrary to popular belief, there is no law stopping you from clearing your local pavements and pathways, providing you take a careful and common sense approach. The government publishes guidance on how to clear snow from a road, pathway or cycleway yourself. We have also produced a 'helpful tips' leaflet.  The Met Office publishes The Snow Code.  You could also check guidance on the Health and Safety Executive website.


Where to get salt

The salt/sand mix in our yellow salt bins and the salt bags provided for those signing up to the Salt Bag Partnership Scheme is to be used on the public highway only. If you wish to salt your driveway or private land, salt can be purchased from local building suppliers and DIY stores. Or, as an alternative, you can use table salt or dishwasher salt.

How to clear snow yourself

How to clear snow yourself | Essex County Council

Tips and tools for clearing snow and ice yourself

What the law says

What the law says | Essex County Council

Find out what the law says and avoid negligent behaviour



Helpful tips leaflet  PDF 09/08/2017