Nov 22, 2013 12:06 AM by Kirsten Boyd

Local snow removal ordinances


What is the property owner's responsibility with regard to snow and ice? City maintenance personnel and equipment cannot clear snow on private property. This includes parking lots, driveways and sidewalks for both residences and places of businesses. Residential property owners are responsible for clearing any sidewalks in front of their property within 24 hours of when snow stops falling. The City will initially give written notice to property owners who fail to clear their sidewalks in a timely manner. Ultimately, the Engineering Inspection Division can impose fines for those who do not comply (see City Code Chapter 3, Article 4 - Sidewalks, or click here for more information, including tips to help with sidewalk snow removal).

There are no City requirements relating to the condition of private driveways in winter storm situations. However, it is a violation of City ordinance to pile shoveled snow in a street, or on another person's property. The best place to shovel snow is onto your lawn.


Sec. 12-3-14. Snow and ice removal; required.
Whenever any portion of a sidewalk is covered with snow or ice, which has fallen or been
deposited during the night, the tenant or occupant of the building or land abutting on such sidewalk,
or, in case there is no occupant of such building or of such land, the owner or person having the care
of the same shall cause such snow or ice to be removed before 8:00 a.m., and in case such snow or ice
has fallen or has been deposited during the daytime, the same must be removed within two (2) hours
after the formation of such ice or the cessation of the snowfall. (1957 Code, §24-5)



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