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Sidewalk Clearing Updates

by Matt Tucker, Building Inspection & Code Enforcement, Director
posted March 25, 2023 12:55 PM

Good afternoon,

The snow fall has ended. The snow that accumulated today Saturday, March 25, 2023 shall be cleared from public sidewalks by noon (12:00pm) on Sunday, March 16, 2023. Prompt removal is always in your own best interest. If after removing the snow there is any ice on the sidewalk that cannot be removed, keep the sidewalk effectively sprinkled with sand or another suitable substance to prevent the ice from being dangerous. Current temperatures make the snow heavy, do not rely on the outside temperatures to keep the public sidewalks free of snow and ice and if possible, please help your neighbors that may be unable or have difficulties removing the snow/ice.

Free sand is available at several locations around Madison. Learn more about snow rules and regulations. Visit the snow removal frequently asked questions.

Thank you!!

Snow Removal Regulations

Public Sidewalks

Pedestrians need safe public sidewalks. Property owners are responsible for snow removal. If you rent, read your lease to check who handles snow removal. You must clear the public sidewalks that border your property.

Clear the snow by noon of the day after the snow stops. The snow and ice are your responsibility, regardless of the source. Remember to check your sidewalk after the plows come through. Snowplows may create a blockage.

If you cannot remove ice, you must use sand to provide traction. You must have a safely sanded sidewalk by noon of the day after the snow or ice stopped.

How much of my sidewalk do I have to clear?

You must clear the entire width of the sidewalk, from edge to edge. It is not enough to carve a narrow path. People who use wheelchairs, canes, strollers, etc. need space to maneuver.

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

Ice can be more dangerous than snow.
  • The sooner and more completely you shovel, the less likely it is that the snow will become ice.
  • Arrange for someone to take over while you are on vacation.
  • If you do not clear the sidewalk by the required time, we may issue you a citation with a fine.
  • If you do not shovel, crews will remove the snow and ice on your behalf. This service will also be at your expense. We add the bill to your property tax as a special assessment.

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