Are property owners responsible for clearing ice & snow from sidewalks?
Yes! Pursuant to the City Code, sidewalks need to be free from snow and ice for the full paved width of such sidewalk, 24 hours after the beginning of a snowfall. For properties that abut the intersection of two streets, the sidewalks shall include that portion of the sidewalk that runs to the curbline of any street and shall include any access ramps therein.

When snow and ice on any sidewalk is frozen so hard that it cannot be removed without injury to the sidewalk, it needs to be strewn and kept strewn with ashes, sand, sawdust or other suitable material, so as to be no longer dangerous to life and limb. As soon as practical thereafter, the sidewalk shall be completely cleared of snow, ice and other materials strewn thereon.

Whenever any sidewalk is not kept free from snow and ice as defined in the City Code, the Superintendent of Public Works or his or her designee may clear the sidewalk so that it is free from snow and ice and shall notify the City Chamberlain of the expense incurred by the amount of labor equipment and materials used. The minimum charge shall be $50. The City Chamberlain shall promptly bill the owner of that property for services rendered.

To report a sidewalk that has not been cleared within the given time frame, you can call the Code Enforcement Officer in the Building Division at (607) 274-6508. More information can be found here: Exterior Property Maintenance Ordinance

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1. Are property owners responsible for clearing ice & snow from sidewalks?
2. Who do I call if shrubs and bushes grow over sidewalks?
3. Is it legal to park your car in a way that blocks the sidewalk?
4. Are stores and restaurants allowed to block sidewalks with signs and tables?
5. What are the responsibilities of event planners to make sure events are accessible?
6. Can contractors block sidewalks during construction projects?
7. What is the Mobility, Accessibility and Transportation Commission?