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What you need to know about Calgary Snow Bylaws

Did you know it's your responsibility to clear the snow and ice bordering your property within 24 hours after the snowfall ends and if you don't, you can be fined??

The fines have increased this year so be aware!

Property owners/occupants who do not comply with the bylaw and subsequent notices issued by The City may be subject to:

  • An invoice to the property owner from The City for clearing the sidewalk on their behalf. The cost is a minimum flat rate of $150 plus GST and an administration fee. The amount will be added to the owner's annual property tax if not paid by the invoice due date.

  • A fine of $250 to the property occupant for a first offence. Repeat offenders may be fined $500 for a second offence and $750 for a third offence and each offence thereafter within a 12-month period. Tickets issued to repeat offenders may require a court appearance. Unpaid fines will be collected by Alberta Registry Service at the time of license or registration renewal.

What the city of Calgary requires:

  • Remove snow and ice – down to bare surface – from public sidewalks bordering their private

property within 24 hours of a snowfall ending.

  • Remove a minimum width of 1.5 meters of snow and ice – down to bare surface – from a public pathway bordering their property, also within 24 hours of a snowfall ending. Applicable pathways are those that run parallel and adjacent to a street, with or without separation between the pathway and street (e.g. a grass boulevard).

  • Pile snow from their private driveway or walkway on their own property (e.g. front lawn). Snow from a public sidewalk or pathway may be shoveled onto another public property, such as a road.

  • If you own a rental property but reside elsewhere, you're still responsible for ensuring adjacent sidewalks and pathways are cleared, regardless of who does the work.

  • All Calgary bylaw info relating to snow and ice can be found here

When you hire us you can be sure that your sidewalks are safe for not only your family, but for passerby's as well. NO more rushing and freezing your toes off to clear the on your own. We will add you onto our snow routes so that you can enjoy some cozy time indoors after that long workday. Call us today and save yourself the headache and the potential fines!

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