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Sidewalk Snow Removal Guide

Posted on February 12, 2018







As the winter season continues, here’s a reminder and guide to Chicago’s sidewalk snow removal guidelines! These guidelines are required by the City of Chicago Municipal Code. It’s everyone’s responsibility (businesses and residents) to make sure sidewalks are safe and passable for all pedestrians! Common FAQs about snow removal are answered below.

How long do I have to clear the sidewalks?
If the snow stops falling before 4:00 p.m., you have three hours to clear the snow. This does not include Sundays.
If the snow stops falling after 4:00 p.m. or on a Sunday, you must clear the snow before 10 a.m. the next day.

How much snow do I need to clear to comply with the law?
Municipal Code requires individuals to clear a five foot wide path along the sidewalk, where conditions allow.

What is the best way to remove snow from the sidewalk?
Move snow to your yard or parkway adjacent to your property.
It is illegal to push snow into the street, crosswalks, and alley entrances.
You must remove snow along all of the sidewalks adjacent to your property, including any ramps to the crosswalk.

What happens if I don’t clear my sidewalks?
Businesses that do not comply can face fines up to $1,000 per day of violation.

Click here for the complete snow removal guide and more information from the Chicago Department of Transportation.

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