Travelling in snowy conditions

Planned maintenance to the Planning Portal

Due to an upgrade to the Planning Portal between 9.00am on Friday 24 November and 6.00pm on Saturday 25 November, you'll be unable to view documents online during this time.


  • We'll grit the primary gritting routes and footpaths when weather forecasts predict icy conditions from November to March
  • Secondary gritting routes are also treated when resources are available
  • If it snows, further salting and ploughing is carried out where needed
  • Full details of our winter services and gritting can be viewed online

Salt bins for roads

Cycle routes

  • Off road council cycle routes are treated with grit or sand in the early stages of winter
  • Routes are then monitored to see if further treatment is necessary


  • We treat priority footpaths depending on how bad the weather is. This includes areas of the city centre
  • Other well-used footpaths will be cleared and treated when resources are available. However, most footpaths are unlikely to be treated and pedestrians should take extra care in icy conditions
  • Volunteer snow wardens are residents who give up some of their time to clear snow during bad weather. Find out about how you can help as a volunteer snow warden
  • Information on clearing snow and ice from pavements is also available

Car parks

  • Car parks are not routinely salted
  • Entrances and exits are cleared following heavy snow when resources are available

York City walls

  • The city walls will be closed if the ice and frozen snow make them too slippery to walk on safely

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