Did you clear your sidewalks yet? Deadlines and rules in Lower Mainland municipalities

Gerry M. Roberts‎

If you have not shoveled your sidewalks from all the snow yet, you could be in trouble with your municipality.

The City of Vancouver says residents are responsible for clearing snow and ice from sidewalks that surround their property by 10 a.m. the morning following a snowfall.

This responsibility is in effect seven days a week. Property owners and occupants who fail to remove snow and ice may be subject to fines of up to $250.

The city says snow and ice on the sidewalk can be a barrier for many people, particularly seniors and people with mobility challenges. Residents are also encouraged to lend a hand to those who are unable to shovel their own sidewalks.

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In Burnaby, city staff say businesses are required to remove accumulated snow from sidewalks bordering the property by 10 a.m. on any day when the premises are open or occupied by the public.

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Residents are required to remove snow and ice from sidewalks around their property as soon as possible and are reminded not to shovel snow from sidewalks or driveways onto the roads as this creates traffic hazards and interferes with drainage of melting snow.

The city is no longer running its formal Snow Angels volunteer snow-shoveling program and is instead asking residents to lend a helping hand to neighbours that may need assistance clearing snow and ice from sidewalks.

In North Vancouver, residents have to remove any accumulation of snow and ice from the sidewalks as soon as possible.

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In West Vancouver, residents must remove snow from sidewalks within 24 hours after the cessation of the snowfall, or prior to the depth of snow accumulation exceeding ten centimetres.

In Coquitlam, it is the responsibility of residents to clear the sidewalks within 10 hours of the cessation of any snowfall or ice storm. The city says it is a continuing obligation, and that snow and ice must be re-cleared should it re-accumulate.

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