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Snow Removal Contract Template

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Updated on February 21st, 2023

snow removal contract is an agreement through which a property owner pays a contractor to clear snow from their property. This type of agreement may benefit residential or commercial property owners. Depending on the client’s preference, contractors will often charge per snowstorm, per inch, or per visit, and this should be clearly stated in the document and how the contractor will be paid.


Types of Snow Removal Contracts

Several factors weigh into the pricing of a snow removal contract, including location, size of the affected area, and seasonal weather changes. Snow removal contracts are generally broken down into five categories.


A seasonal contract is used when a client pays a fixed fee for snow removal per season, and it does not change, no matter how much or how little it snows. These are often multi-year agreements, so a lighter or heavier snow year may balance out over time for the contractor. This type of agreement also helps clients avoid vetting new service providers year after year.

Per Event

A per-event agreement should be used when a client wishes to pay a flat rate per snow event, no matter how many events occur in the season. A snow event is a snowstorm where snow removal becomes necessary. Contractors will often use the term “trigger depth” to determine how much snow needs to accumulate before plowing needs to begin. The trigger depth is usually one or two inches.

It should be noted that an “event” usually resets every 24 hours; for example, a two-day snowstorm will be considered two events.

Per Push

This is a pay-per-visit agreement where the client pays a set amount each time the contractor returns to the site to remove snow. This contract is often for commercial clients in places requiring multiple site visits during a snow event, and the client will pay per site visit. In this case, the contractor pushes the snow to an accessible storage location on site, out of the way of cars and pedestrians.

Per Inch

The client will pay the contractor per inch of removed snow with this agreement. Many contractors will set a rate for the first four to six inches, and add a surcharge per additional inch of snow after that.

Per Hour

With this agreement, the contractor will bill the client based on the time it takes to remove the snow.

Snow Plowing vs. Snow Removal

Snow plowing” and “snow removal” are often used interchangeably; however, they differ in the following manner:

  • Snow Plowing – Refers to clearing the snow out of the way, but the snow remains on site.
  • Snow Removal – This is when snow is hauled away from the property to another location.

Most residential contracts will need snow plowing. More significant commercial projects may need snow removal; this is a more costly service as it requires specialized equipment, such as loaders and trucks, to remove the snow from the property.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does a snow removal contractor need insurance?

Yes. Due to the dangerous nature of snow removal services, most contractors will be legally obligated to acquire snow plow insurance. This insurance protects the equipment, property, contractor, subcontractors, and the public.