Snow Bylaws and Information Every Edmonton Home Owner Should Know

Posted by Gurpreet Ghatehora on Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 at 12:39pm.

With winter comes snow. It’s a sure thing in Edmonton, and it’s one thing that many people worry about on a daily basis. If you live in a home with a driveway or sidewalk, you have to keep walkways clear of ice and snow. Here are some facts and tips about snow removal in Edmonton to help you stay on the right side of the law and ensure your neighbourhood is safer for everyone.

1. Snow Removal is Complaint-Based

Edmonton doesn’t employ anyone who drives around looking for sidewalks and driveways that haven’t been shovelled. That would be a waste of time and resources. Instead, residents with complaints about snow removal are encouraged to call the City’s Municipal Enforcement department to log a complaint. From there, the City will send out an inspector, who will give the property in question’s owner seven days to remove the snow. After the seven days, the inspector will return and, if the snow isn’t removed, they will issue a fine.

2. You Only Get One Strike

The warning and seven day waiting period is a grace only extending to every property in the city once per year. So if you receive a second complaint, you are automatically issued a ticket. No waiting time, just an inspection and a ticket.

3. You Have to Keep It Clear for Services

Government services, from road maintenance crews to postal workers, can all refuse to work in unsafe conditions, which includes slippery or snowy walkways and driveways. If your property has snow and ice all over, it could lead to problems, including mail not being delivered, city maintenance projects being delayed, and more. Overall, it can lead to many problems that could cause issues for your property now and in the future.

4. Roofs and Awnings are Included

If your property has a roof or awning that hangs over the primary walkways, you are responsible for keep that clear of snow as well to avoid snow falling on an unsuspecting passerby. Failure to comply can lead to the same problems that can happen if you don’t keep your walkways clear.

5. You Have 48 Hours

Snow removal periods have a 48 hour grace period, not 24 hours like many people believe. So if it snows, you have two full days to get out there and clear it away. This is better for snow removers overall, however, as moving snow early is easier since it won’t be packed down or turning to ice.

There is a lot of misinformation about snow removal in Edmonton, so it’s important to have the right information for keeping your walkways, and neighbourhood, safer and clear or ice and snow.

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