Snow and ice can be a real drag, and the last thing you need is to be hit by a hefty fine by the city for not shovelling your sidewalks.
The City of Edmonton has specific standards for clearing snow and ice from sidewalks, in accordance with Community Standards bylaw #14600.
The bylaw states, “A person shall maintain any sidewalk adjacent to land they own or occupy clear of all snow and ice.”
The expectation is that all snow and ice be cleared from the entire width and length of the sidewalk. Sand, gravel, or ice melt can be laid as a temporary measure while the snow and ice is being removed; if these expectations are not met, a $100 fine will be issued.
“When private property owners fail to meet city standards for snow and ice clearing, bylaw tickets are issued and owners are invoiced the cost to have contractors clean the sidewalks” says the city on their website.
While there has not been a specific time frame outlined, snow and ice is to be removed from the sidewalks as quickly as possible.
According to the city, owners have the option to dispute the bylaw tickets in court or request a review of the snow-clearing invoice.
There is also an online list of pre-screened workers available to assist seniors in keeping their sidewalks cleared.
To keep you and your neighbours safe from hazardous conditions (and to avoid a fine), remember to keep your sidewalks free of snow and ice.