Residents' Role

There are several areas where homeowners and businesses can make things easier for our Highway Department and other areas where they are required to follow certain rules and guidelines.

Town Right of Way
In the Town of Shrewsbury, homeowners are responsible to maintain the area from the curb to approximately 10 feet back from the property line. This section is known as the town right-of-way.

Right-of-Way Responsibilities & Permissions
  • Any installation within this area, including a mailbox, is placed there at the owner's risk. Owners are encouraged to install mailboxes or posts at the maximum usable distance from the edge of the roadway.
  • Installation, reconstruction or elimination of a driveway connection to a town road, requires a driveway permit from the Highway Department.
  • Snow should be removed from any sidewalks in these areas by the home or business owner for the safety of those walking and school children getting to and from bus stops.
  • Work being done in this area by a homeowner or a utility company requires a permit from the Town of Shrewsbury.
Snow Storms
If a storm is anticipated, vehicles should be removed from the roadside shoulders. This allows plows to clear the area the first time through, making return trips unnecessary. It is a violation of town by-law to shovel or plow snow into the road. This can cause a serious traffic hazard.

Vehicles that interfere with removing of ice and snow from any public way of the town are subject to a fine and the vehicle will be towed at the owner's expense. Don't drive unnecessarily in a storm, especially during severe snowstorms and freezing rains.

Avoid calling municipal offices during a storm for routine matters. Personnel are extremely busy dealing with storm conditions. It is best to keep telephone lines clear for emergencies.

Street Parking
The Town of Shrewsbury has a year-round parking ban prohibiting cars from being parked on public streets from 1 to 6 a.m.

For detailed traffic and parking rules, see the Town of Shrewsbury Traffic Rules and Regulations (PDF).