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A reminder for property owners to clear snow and ice from their sidewalks

AIRDRIE/ALBERTA – Winter has finally arrived bringing snow and ice to our community’s sidewalks, creating a treacherous hazard if not cleared promptly. Sidewalk safety is your responsibility. The Community Standards Bylaw No. B-09/2012 states that all property owners have 24 hours once the snow stops to clear the sidewalks in front and alongside their property.

When clearing your sidewalks remember that snow and ice must be mounded on your property, not on city roads or public property. Piles of snow or ice deposited on roadways are a safety concern for both pedestrians and drivers as they attempt to navigate residential streets. If you are using equipment such as a snow blower, please remember that noise control hours are in effect Monday to Saturday from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. and Sunday, including all Statutory Holidays, from 10 p.m. to 9 a.m.

When Municipal Enforcement receives a complaint, an officer attends to confirm that the property is violating our bylaw. The resident is then given 24 hours to clear the snow. If the snow is not removed in the timeframe provided, a contractor is hired by the City, at the property owner’s expense, to complete the task.

During 2021 officers attended 205 files regarding snow complaints. Of the 205 complaints, 134 were found violating our bylaw. From that, 17 clean-ups needed to be completed by the contractor, with 117 being completed by the residents.

Please remember as you plan your holidays for the coming winter months that you remain responsible for your sidewalks while you are away. If you are unable to physically clear them yourself, it is your responsibility to find assistance. Thank you for helping us keep our city sidewalks safe for residents and visitors this winter season.

Media Contact:

Brian Rayner 
Municipal Enforcement Team Leader
403.948.8800 ext 8612