Sidewalk Clearing Updates

by George Hank, Building Inspection & Code Enforcement, Director
posted December 5, 2016 5:38 AM

The snow that started to fall during the morning hours of Sunday, December 4, 2016, stopped before midnight. All snow and ice that accumulated from this event shall be removed the public sidewalks by 12:00 noon on Monday, December 5, 2016. Ice that cannot be removed shall be treated with sand and/or salt to provide traction. Free sand can be found at the locations contained in the following link: http://www.cityofmadison.com/sand

Snow Removal Regulations

Public Sidewalks

To make public sidewalks safe for pedestrians, the owner or occupant of property immediately adjacent to a public sidewalk is responsible for the removal of any snow or ice that accumulates on the sidewalk. Residents are required to clear snow from their sidewalk by noon of the day after the snow stopped. And remember, snow plows might create a blockage even after your drive has been cleaned.

In the event that removal of ice is impossible, the property owner or occupant is required to use sand, salt or other suitable substance to prevent the ice from being dangerous. This should be done by noon of the day after the snow/ice stopped.

How much of my sidewalk do I have to clear?

The Ordinance requires the property owner to clear the entire width of the sidewalk, from edge to edge.

You are as responsible for clearing ice on your sidewalk as clearing snow.

Ice can be more dangerous and intimidating than snow.

  • The sooner and more completely you shovel, the less likely ice will form
  • Make arrangements for someone to take over while you are on vacation.
  • If the sidewalk has not been cleared by the required time, the property owner will be issued a citation with a fine.
  • Crews will remove the snow and ice from the sidewalk. Property owners will be billed for this service, and unpaid bills will be added to the owner's property tax.

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