Working your way through legal mumbo jumbo is about as fun as clearing snow on a cold, blustery day, which is why few people take the time to search out and read Lethbridge City Bylaws on clearing snow from sidewalks. So, we’ll cut out the jargon here for you, and lay it out plainly – so you don’t have to put those laws through Google Translate.
Lethbridge city sidewalk clearing requirements
The requirements for you, whether you own a house or a business, are pretty simple: you have 24 hours to clear the city sidewalks abutting, or next to, your property.
After those 24 hours are up, the bylaw allows for a ticket up to $250. And, for every twenty-four hours the sidewalk remains uncleared, the city can continue to issue additional $50 fines.
This bylaw doesn’t only apply sidewalk clearing, either. If your building butts up against a sidewalk, you’re liable for the snow on top of your roof as well. That means if snow or ice is threatening pedestrian traffic below, you can be fined the same amount you’d be charged for not clearing your sidewalk.
Your snow clearing liability
On top of these sobering facts, it’s not just city fines you have to worry about either. If you haven’t cleaned and de-iced the sidewalk or walkway to your front door, you can be held liable if a pedestrian slips and hurts themselves. This doesn’t even mention the fact of how terrible you’d feel if an elderly neighbour took a spill outside of your home.
Lethbridge snow removal for your sidewalks
- On the corner of 4th Avenue North and 7th Street North
- At the West Lethbridge Recycling Station on the corner of University Drive West and Bridge Drive West.