Sidewalk snow clearing rules
When it snows, clear your sidewalks to keep them accessible and avoid a charge.
Sidewalk clearing basics
- Shovel the entire width of the city sidewalk on your entire property down to bare pavement.
- If the snow is packed down or there’s ice you cannot remove, sprinkle sand until it's warm enough to remove the buildup.
- If you live on a corner, clear curb cutouts at the street corners and crosswalks to the street gutter.
- You do not have to clear snow piles left by plows beyond the gutter, but you can if able to do it safely. City crews will do this as soon as possible.
- Shovel around your garbage carts and recycling bins. If you do not, the City may do it for you and charge a fee. For more information, see clearing snow around carts.
- Shovel snow into your yard or boulevard. It’s against the law to shovel snow into streets or alleys.
- If you'll be away, arrange for someone else to shovel.
- You’re responsible for the sidewalk throughout the winter, not just when it snows. As the temperature changes, snow and ice from nearby sidewalks can melt and flow onto your sidewalk, then refreeze. It's your responsibility to clear or sand the resulting ice.
If you do not shovel
- If you do not properly clear your sidewalk of snow and ice, you may receive a letter informing you to do so.
- If you have not cleared the sidewalks by the time of our follow-up inspection, crews will remove the snow and ice and bill you.
- If you do not pay the bill, we'll add the fee amount to your property taxes.
Sidewalk clearing help
Give your neighbors a hand and work together to keep your entire block safe and accessible to all.