Just Ask Us: Who is responsible for removing snow on the sidewalk in front of my house?

Carrie Hinterthuer shovels the steps of her East Side home after an April snowfall. Property owners are responsible for clearing any snow and ice accumulation on public sidewalks adjacent to their property.

Q: Who is responsible for removing snow on the sidewalk in front of my house?

A: With the arrival of snow and ice in the Madison area comes the task of removing that accumulation from sidewalks, driveways, streets and parking areas.

In Madison, clearing public sidewalks of snow and ice falls to property owners adjacent to that sidewalk, according to the city. Owners with property on a corner must also clear curb ramps.

Sidewalks must be cleared, edge-to-edge, by noon the day after snow or ice accumulation.

If ice has formed and can’t be removed, residents have to spread sand, salt or another substance so the ice isn’t dangerous, the city said. The city offers free sand at multiple locations throughout Madison.

To see where free sand can be picked up: Go to go.madison.com/sand.

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Property owners who don’t clear the sidewalks risk a $20 to $50 fine for a first offense and a $30 to $100 ticket for subsequent violations, according to Madison’s Code of Ordinances.

If a property owner won’t be home, they must arrange to have snow and ice removed if there is any accumulation, according to the city.

The city also requires private sidewalks, driveways and parking areas to be “maintained in a safe condition.” Property owners who don’t keep those areas clear could be notified to fix the problem by a certain date.

For more information: Go to go.madison.com/snow-rules or go.madison.com/snow-faq.

— Chris Aadland

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