Sidewalk Snow Removal Policy

Residential Sidewalks

In accordance with City Code, Section 91.01, the owner or occupant of any property adjacent to a public sidewalk shall use diligence to keep the walk safe for pedestrians. No owner or occupant shall allow snow, ice, dirt, or rubbish to remain on the walk longer than 48 hours after its deposit thereon, or after the snow has ceased to fall. Failure to comply with this section will constitute a violation and the City will remove the snow, ice, dirt or rubbish and you will be billed for the services incurred. If the charges for the services are not paid, the bill will then become a lien on the property. 

Central Business District

In accordance with City Code, Section 91.01, the owner or occupant of any property adjacent to a public sidewalk shall use diligence to keep the walk safe for pedestrians. No owner or occupant shall allow snow, ice, dirt, or rubbish to remain on the walk longer than 24 hours in the central busiess district. The business district is defined for this purpose as the area bordered by Fourth Street on the north, Knight Avenue on the west, First Street on the south, and the Canadian Pacific Railroad on the east).

The City Administrator or other designated person shall keep record showing the cost of removal adjacent to each separate lot and parcel. Ordinance No. t 17, 3'd Series t t/27/2018
 

Placing snow or ice in public streets or on other City property 

It is a misdemeanor for any person, not acting under a specific contract with the City, to remove snow from private property or alleys and place the same on a public street. It is also a misdemeanor for any person not acting under a contract with the City to dump snow on City property. - See also MN State Statute 160.2715 

If you have any questions about the City's ordinances regulating sidewalk snow, please call us at the Building Officials Office at 681-2500.