When it snows, remember to shovel your sidewalk

It’s the law, and your neighbors rely on it

Sidewalks are a critical part of Minneapolis’ transportation system, and they should be open for everyone. With the recent snowfall, here’s a refresher on the City’s rules. Minneapolis ordinance requires property owners of houses and duplexes to clear sidewalks within 24 hours after a snowfall, and four daytime hours for all other properties. Failure to clear your walk could lead to a citation plus the cost of the City clearing it.

The City is stepping up enforcement activities to ensure compliance with the sidewalk snow and ice ordinance, and has increased the number of staff assigned to sidewalk clearing. Public Works is also focused on reducing response time on complaints and has partnered with additional city departments to address shoveling complaints for sidewalks next to vacant and boarded buildings.

There may be resources for people who need help clearing their sidewalks. People can call 311 for a list of resources that might be available.

Snow shoveling videos

Informative videos in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong are available online to help explain what property owners need to do when it snows.

Shoveling Snow
When it snows, make sure to clear your sidewalks of snow and ice to keep them safe and avoid a possible fine from the City.

Limpieza de Nieve (Shoveling Snow, Spanish)
Cuando Nieva, asegurese de limpiar la nieve y hielo de su acera para mantenerla segura y evitar una multa de la ciudad.

Barafka Ka Xaaq Gurigaaga iyo Ganacsigaaga Hortooda (Shoveling Snow, Somali)
Markii baraf da'o, ka xaaq barafka dariiqa gugigaaga ama ganacsigaaga hor mara si dadku nabad galyo ugu maraan adna aad uga badbaado ganaax. 

Kev Kaus Daus (Shoveling Snow, Hmong)
Thaum daus lo, koj yuav tsum kaus txoj kev taug ko taw ntawm koj lub tsev.

Find more information at www.minneapolismn.gov/snow/shovel.



Published Jan 12, 2017



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