Snow Plow Information

The Village of Pewaukee only assumes responsibility for mailboxes damaged by direct contact with plow equipment.

The operator is often aware of such contact and will document the incident for follow-up. If the snow load (the load of the snow rolling off of the plow) causes the damage, the Village will not assume responsibility for the damage.

Snow Plowing Discharge

It is illegal to place any snow back into the street, regardless of whether or not it came from your driveway apron, the street, or elsewhere in the right-of-way such as the sidewalk. 

Please click here to view the driveway plowing recommendations.

Public Works Department snow discharge notice.

  • Property Owners are required to remove snow and ice from sidewalks and public pedestrian ways within 24 hours after snowfall or occurrence causing formation of snow and ice.
  • If snow and ice is not removed within 24 hours the Village Board may order its agents to effect such removal and impose a special charge against the owner of the property abutting on such sidewalk or pedestrian way.
  • Such special charges shall not be payable in installments.  If not paid within 60 days after receipt of a bill, such delinquent special charges shall become a lien as provided in Wis. Stats. 66.60(15).
  • No person shall deposit, place or cause any snow or ice to be deposited on any public sidewalk, street or right-of-way in the Village, except hand shoveling within two feet of the curb.

To read the entire snow and ice removal code see Sec. 78.118 of the Village Ordinances.

FAQ - Snow Plows and Mailboxes

What should I do if my mailbox was damaged by a DPW snowplow?

Notify the Village Hall within 24 hours of the storm via email or by calling 262-691-5660

What happens if it is determined that the damage was caused by direct contact with the plow?
  • Resident will be notified
  • The mailbox and/or post will be repaired or replaced with a standard #1 Rural Mailbox and 4” x 4” wooden post
  • Weather conditions may temporarily only permit a temporary post and box set in a sand pail
  • A resident may alternatively submit receipts for up to a $35 reimbursement for self-replacement of the post and/or box
What can I do assist the DPW and Postal Service to avoid damaging my mailbox?
  • Inspect your mailbox and post prior to winter
  • Keep the post at least five feet away from fire hydrants
  • Ensure the mailbox post is sturdy enough to withstand the heavy snow moved aside by the plow
  • Add small section of reflective tape to the right side (facing traffic) to make it easier to see during storms
  • Remove snow around the base and to the right side of the mailbox and post regularly
  • If you have a highly ornate/artistic mailbox, consider replacing it with a standard box during winter
  • Place the post/box no more than 8 inches from the front of the curb
  • The bottom of the mailbox should be 41-45 inches from the top height of the curb
  • The post should be set in a hole 8-10 inches in diameter and 24 inches into the ground
Where can I view the Village of Pewaukee mailbox policy?

To view the Village of Pewaukee's mailbox policy click here.

Is it illegal to move snow into the street?

Placing snow or ice deposited on any public sidewalk, street or right-of-way is not allowed per Village Ordinance 78.118.