Snow Removal, Code Enforcement, City of Longmont
Last Updated: 1/30/14
Snow falling and covering the landscape can be a very pretty
sight, but when it covers sidewalks, it can become a serious safety hazard
The first person to walk through freshly fallen snow may not have much difficulty.
Snow that is packed into ice by subsequent travelers becomes dangerously slick
and harder to remove.
It is the duty of every owner or occupant of any premises to keep the adjacent
sidewalk free and clear of snow and ice no later than twenty-four (24) hours
after any snowfall.
For an exact time the snow has stopped, please visit the National Weather Services website for Longmont at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/data/obhistory/KLMO.html.
Any owner or occupant of any such premises who fails, neglects or refuses
to keep sidewalks free and clear of snow and ice is guilty of an offense.
The City of Longmont Code Enforcement Officers respond to complaints and
proactively inspect sidewalks. If un-cleaned sidewalks are found they will
issue a Notice of Violation to the responsible parties. Failure to clean the
sidewalks after a reasonable time will result in further legal action.
The Code Enforcement Officer may have the sidewalk cleaned and the cost billed
to the property owner and/or occupant of the premises. Repeat offenders may
be issued a summons to appear in Municipal Court.
Some common issues and solutions:
- People walk on it early before I have a chance to shovel and turn the
snow to ice.
Commercial ice melters put on early in the day may loosen the ice for
removal with shovels.
Arrangement should be made with a neighbor or friend to shovel your walks
while you are gone.
- I am physically unable to shovel the walks myself.
Arrange to have family, friends or neighbors shovel walks for you.
You may contact Code Enforcement to obtain a number for agencies that
help seniors and the disabled.
City of Longmont, Municipal Code
Section 9.04.130 Snow and ice on sidewalks--Owner or occupant responsibility
A. Within twenty-four hours after any snow or ice stops falling on a public
sidewalk, it is the duty of:
- Every owner and manager of property abutting the sidewalk; and
- Every tenant leasing an entire premises abutting the sidewalk; and
- Every adult occupant of a single-family dwelling abutting the sidewalk
to remove or cause the removal from public sidewalks abutting the property
accumulated snow and ice, as this section provides.
B. Each responsible person listed above shall remove or cause the removal
of snow and ice to expose the abutting public sidewalk for the entire width
of the sidewalk or the width of four feet, whichever is less.
C. After removing snow and ice as required above, each responsible person
listed above shall keep the abutting sidewalk reasonably passable.
D. Under this section, snow or ice has not "stopped falling" if
additional snow or ice falls within four hours.
E. The obligations stated above do not apply to a public sidewalk abutting
a single-family residential property on one side, and an arterial street,
city green way, city park, or city golf course on the other side. Nor do those
obligations apply to a sidewalk from which the city regularly removes snow
F. As used in this section, "sidewalk" means a paved public way
designed and constructed for pedestrian travel, and "arterial street"
means an arterial street identified in the Longmont Area Comprehensive Plan
or accompanying maps.
G. Violation of this section is an offense under this code. The community
development director or the director's designee may notify a responsible person
listed above of the city's intent to correct a violation. If the violation
remains twenty-four hours after such notification, the community development
director or the director's designee may remove or cause the removal of snow
and ice from any sidewalk affected by the offense. Upon a conviction, the
municipal court shall add to the sentence of a responsible person so notified
the director's reasonable certified expenses of removal. The city shall collect
such added expenses in the same manner it collects other municipal court fines.
Assessments against property for abatement costs under other parts of this
chapter shall not apply to the city's expenses under this paragraph.
H. The council intends, by this section, to create legally enforceable duties
for the benefit of persons lawfully using public sidewalks. Subject to applicable
rules of law, including comparative negligence and other civil defenses, breach
of these duties shall support civil recovery by injured persons lawfully using
public sidewalks from each violator, jointly and severally, for damages the
violation proximately causes.
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