Sidewalk Snow

Sidewalks are important and everyone, including neighbors, relies on them to be clear of snow and ice so that it's safe and easy to get around.  Because of this, it is the responsibility of all property owners to remove snow from sidewalks after a snow event.

Here is important information to keep in mind:

  • Our City requires that snow and ice be removed from sidewalks within 24 hours after a snowfall has ended.
  • A violation notice may be left at property if the sidewalk is not clear. The notice is a reminder that will allow for an additional 24 hours to clear snow and ice.
  • If you do not clear your public sidewalk, it may result in the City clearing it at the owner’s expense ($149 minimum).
  • When ice forms on sidewalks, you must spread salt, ashes, saw-dust, or sand on the sidewalk within 24 hours after the ice has formed.
  • Snow and ice cannot be piled or pushed into the street of the shoulder of the road.
  • Snow and ice cannot be piled in the public Right of Way - it cannot impair vehicular or pedestrian traffic or obstruct the view of a driver.
  • Snow and ice should not be pushed from private driveways or parking lots into the street.
  • There should not be any overnight parking on City streets so clearing of the roads is easier.

The City is responsible for clearing over 300 sites within 24 hours after the end of a snow event and is held to the same standards as residents.

Please contact the Public Service Department at (517) 483-4455 if you have any questions.

Snow Ordinance FYI Video

This video is provided courtesy of the Lansing Public Service Department on Vimeo.

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