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Snow and Ice Removal Guidelines

Snow and Ice Removal Guidelines

Who is responsible for clearing the sidewalks of snow and ice?

According to the City of Chicago Municipal Code, “Every owner, lessee, tenant, occupant or other person having charge of any building or lot of ground abutting upon any public way or public space shall remove the snow and ice from the sidewalk…” It is everyone’s responsibility to make sure the sidewalks are clear of snow and ice. If you do not own your residential or business property, consult your rental agreement, lease agreement, or management company to determine your shoveling obligation.

When do I have to clear the sidewalks?

Sidewalks must be shoveled 7 days a week. If the snow falls between 7 am and 7 pm: Clear the snow as soon as practicable, but no later than 10 pm on the day of the snowfall. If the snow falls overnight between 7 pm and 7 am: Clear the snow before 10 am on the next day.

How can I report locations that do not clear their sidewalks?

Make a “Snow – Uncleared Sidewalk” request to the City of Chicago 311 Service Request line. Dial 311 or request online at People who live outside the City of Chicago may call (312) 744-5000. When making a “Snow – Uncleared Sidewalk” request: • Make sure the problem occurs on the sidewalk. DO NOT use this category to report snow on streets, parking lots, or alleys. • Provide a specific address where the issue occurs.

What happens if I don’t clear my sidewalks?

Individuals who do not comply can face nes of up to $500 per day of violation Businesses that do not comply can face nes of up to $1,000 per day of violation.

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