Get the Facts: Snow Removal

Snow and ice removal ordinance

City of Lawrence Ordinance Number 8324

Ord. 8324 went into effect Dec. 20, 2008 and requires property owners to remove snow or ice within 48 hours of the end of a snowfall or ice accumulation.

In a situation where a property owner fails to comply with the Ordinance 8324 and the Development Services Division receives a complaint, a citation will be written. Property owners will be assessed a fine of $20 for each day the violation occurs, plus court costs if found guilty of the violation.

WHO:

The property owner adjacent to a public sidewalk

WHAT:

Is responsible for removing ice and snow from the

WHERE:

public sidewalk in the City of Lawrence

WHEN:

Within 48 hours of the end of a snowfall or ice accumulation

WHY:

For the safe travel of pedestrians.

To make public sidewalks safe for pedestrians, the owner of property immediately adjacent to a public sidewalk is responsible for the removal of any snow or ice that accumulates on the sidewalk.  Removal must be done within 48 hours after the ice forms or the snowfall ends.

In the event that removal of ice is impossible, the property owner is required to place sand on the sidewalk within 48 hours.

In a situation where a property owner fails to comply with the ordinance and the Development Services Division receives a complaint, a citation will be written. Property owners will be assessed a fine of $20 for each day the violation occurs, plus court costs if found guilty of the violation.

For more information on the snow and ice removal ordinance, contact the Development Services Department, (785) 832-7700.

December 2008