Snow Conditions


Our crews plow each street twice and usually more during a large storm. Our main goal is to ensure that City streets are cleared of snow in order to allow Fire, Paramedic, Sheriff and Utility response vehicles access. Please be patient during snow removal, as our crews are working as quickly as they can during inclement weather. Usually the streets are plowed straight through in the early morning leaving a berm along side of every driveway. Several hours after snow fall has ceased, the berm is reduced by a separate contractor with a specialized vehicle and snow blade.


In order for residents to receive berm reduction service, driveway openings must be clearly marked with brightlypainted orange snow poles (3/4” in diameter). Berm reduction begins only after all streets are cleared and passableand snow fall has ceased. When 3-10 inches of snow has fallen, you can expect a berm reduction. As well as when 10-16 inches of snow has fallen, you can expect a berm reduction. However in very severe weather conditions (16”+inches), this service may not be provided until 24-72 hours after the snow fall has ceased.


If possible, wait until the second snow plow passing to start shoveling your driveway. It is recommended to shovel snow to the right side of the driveway (facing the street).


Place garbage cans behind the property line & berm when setting out for pick-up. When garbage cans are left too close to the roadway, snowplows may have to go around them leaving some areas unplowed.


Sprinkler systems, block walls and expensive shrubs are not visible as the snow gets deeper. Snow removal crews cannot always see these obstacles near the roadway. Snow plowing usually occurs before daylight. To help our crews, mark fences and obstacles with 6’ x 2” x 2” stakes, painted red at the top.


The City of Big Bear Lake’s Code states that any vehicle interfering with snow removal operations may be towed and subjected to a fine of $150, plus any additional applicable fines for any towing and impound charges and illegal street parking fees. Every effort will be made to avoid towing, but in the event the vehicle needs to be towed, for example when dangerously parked, towing shall be enforced.


When snow conditions are in effect, free overnight parking is available at two City parking lots located at 39707 Big Bear Blvd., known as the West Civic Center Parking Lot, and at the Alden Parking Lot located at 547 Alden Road,east of Sandy’s Sports Bar.


If your property is damaged during snow removal or cinder spreading operations, it will be in your best interest to obtain the date of occurrence, time and exact location, vehicle description, driver’s name (if possible) and pictures ofthe damage.

Claim forms can be found on the City Clerk page of the City’s website at Be sure to includecopies of written estimates of damage and photographs, if possible. Mail to the City Clerk’s Office at P.O. Box 10000,Big Bear Lake, CA 92315.


Municipal Code Section 10.12.040

Snow conditions may be declared by the City Manager or his appointee whenever there is one inch of snow or ice on any part of the paved portion of any street, and a buildup of snow or ice is expected to continue to a point where the snow level will exceed six inches. Snow conditions exist and the provisions of this chapter shall apply and shall remain in effect until the City Manager or his appointee declares a cessation of snow conditions. Whenever possible, the City Manager or his appointee shall give notice of such snow conditions by press, radio or television, which news media shall be requested to cooperate with city officials in the giving of such notice. (Ordinance 96-274 (part), 1996; Ordinance 93-237 § 1 (part), 1993)

24-Hour Snow Removal Hotline at (909) 752-2830 or visit

For general information on snow removal, berm reduction and current snow conditions 

Call the City’s 24- Hour Hotline

To speak with a representative regarding snow removal and berm reduction issues 

Call (909) 866-7521

For code enforcement related issues such as land use and property maintenance

Call the Code Enforcement’s 24-Hour Hotline at (909) 866-2633

Listed Below are Emergency & Important Phone Numbers




(909) 866-0100


(909) 866-7566


(909) 866-4678


(909) 866-6501


(909) 866-7521


(877) 860-6020


(909) 866-5050

Courtesy of 
City of Big Bear Lake Public Works Department

39707 Big Bear Blvd.
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

(909) 866-7521

The City is accepting applications for one (1) vacancy for a seat on the City’s Planning Commission expiring June 30, 2021. Applicants must be full-time residents and a registered voter in the City of Big Bear Lake.

The Planning Commission meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at 1:15 p.m. Responsibilities include decisions related to land use issues such as the General Plan, zoning, development, environmental ordinances, etc. The Appointment is for term ending on June 30, 2021.

The City Council will interview prospective candidates.

Applications are available at the Civic Center, 39707 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake, or by contacting the City Clerk’s office at 909-866-5831or online at



During the past two budget cycles, City of Big Bear Lake staff has been recognized by the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers and the Government Finance Officers Association with four awards for their outstanding budget preparation. This year, staff again presented a balanced budget, and at their June 11th Regular Meeting, Big Bear Lake City Council adopted this budget which includes funding for more than $3 million in Capital Projects in the coming year.

Capital Projects 2018 19

City of Big Bear Lake (909) 866-5831
39707 Big Bear Boulevard

To assist with the increased traffic during peak times on the fourth of July (9:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.) the City of Big Bear Lake, in conjunction with the Sheriff's Department, Fire Department, California Highway Patrol (CHP) and Caltrans, have devised a plan to better accommodate the flow of traffic. This plan will enhance both the visitor and resident experience for the annual "Fireworks Spectacular over the Lake."

Motorists will be directed to make only right turns onto Big Bear Blvd. (Highway 18) from Georgia to Temple, they will be further aided by Sheriff Deputies and CHP controlling traffic at all major intersections. Residents of Big Bear City are advised to park on the south side of the Blvd., while residents of the North Shore are advised to park on the north side of the Blvd. Following the Fireworks show, Marina exits will be open with the option of making a right turn only.


What is the scope of the project?

The most important maintenance practice is the sealing of cracks that have developed within asphalt pavements. This crack sealing significantly reduces the likelihood that surface runoff will seep into the aggregate base course beneath the asphalt and compromise the structural integrity of the street sec- tion. When the structural section of a street fails, the repair cost is typically very high. The relatively low cost annual practice of sealing these cracks defers the need to employ more costly street rehabili- tation and restoration practices. This project includes sealing various cracks on 65 residential street segments.

What is the project duration?

Work is scheduled to begin in mid June and will take approximately 8 days to complete. Hours of con- struction will be from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. We expect the project to be com- pleted by June 25, 2018.

What about parking?

“No Parking” signs with the exact date of the crack sealing will be posted adjacent to the areas of work at least 2 days in advance of the work. If unexpected delays occur, the new date will be posted at least 48 hours prior to the rescheduled date.


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