Snow Removal Reminder

This post is a friendly reminder that when it snows, residential and business property owners are responsible for keeping sidewalks safe.

The Provo City Code states that the owner, tenant or lessee of property must remove snow or ice from the sidewalks any time that the average snow depth exceeds one inch, or when snow or ice on the sidewalk presents an unreasonably dangerous condition.  Most cities have a similar requirement.

Provo City Public Services Division Director Scott Peppler recommends the following:

  • If you are an owner of rental property, make sure that snow and ice removal is being done.  If you are a tenant, check to see what responsibility you have under your rental agreement.
  • If you have elderly neighbors who find it difficult to clear their sidewalks themselves, or if you have neighbors who are away during a snowstorm, be a good neighbor and help clear their sidewalks for them.
  • If you go out of town during the winter, make arrangements for snow removal while you are gone.
When removing snow from sidewalks, property owners should make every effort to keep the snow on their property to prevent obstructing street travel or limiting the visibility of motorists.

Some sidewalks are so close to travel lanes that city and UDOT snow plow crews may throw snow from the street onto sidewalks.  While this can be frustrating for property owners, it does not reduce the importance of keeping sidewalks safe for pedestrians.

The public may report sidewalk snow and ice hazards to the city by calling 852-6000.  You can also read the city ordinance regarding sidewalk snow removal here (look for section 9.16.040).


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  1. Shouldn’t we call it putting the snow somewhere else… 😀

  2. Cindi

    For 13 yrs I have lived in my ptovo home. Not once have my neighbors been ticketed for not taking the snow off their sidewalks. Which they have never done. Why are they not ticketed.? I know there is a fine for this. Would you please take action and actually give people tickets for not plowing their sidewalks.
    Over half of my block ,21/2 of the 4 sides,have never been plowed in the whole time I’ve lived here.
    Ticket ,ticket,ticket!

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