Duluth Winter Watch

Sidewalk Snow Removal - FAQs

A: When snow is here, you have 24 hours to clear!  Duluth City Ordinance Chapter 45 Article VI requires property owners with a public sidewalk abutting their property to remove snow and ice within 24-hours after a snowfall. This is necessary to ensure the safety of people using the sidewalks during the winter. Please follow these DOs and DON'Ts:


  • Remove snow and ice from sidewalks and intersection handicap ramps

       abutting your property within 24-hours of snowfall ending.

  • Clear snow the width of the sidewalk. Remember that sidewalks are used by

       strollers and wheelchairs in the winter.

  • Remove ice to bare pavement or make as level as possible.  If necessary,

       treat with sand, an environmentally friendly deicing agent, or similar material.

  • Clear any snow that may be blocking a handicapped ramp, fire hydrant or catch basin.


  • Shovel or plow snow into the street: Violators caught shoveling snow from a sidewalk or property into the street will be fined.

A: Winter weather can create access, mobility and safety issues due to the accumulation of snow and ice. Sidewalks provide critical access and mobility to pedestrians.

A: The property owner is required to clear the entire length of sidewalk abutting his/her property and the width of the sidewalk, from edge to edge or a minimum of 36 inches.

A: No, pile snow into your yard or on the boulevard.  It is against the law to put snow into the street.

A: If the homeowner is not at home during a snow event, he/she is still responsible for snow removal from sidewalks. 

A: There are some groups that provide shoveling services to senior citizens and people with disabilities.  Some are free while others charge a nominal fee. You may also want to request assistance from family, friends, or neighbors.

A: City staff will make every effort to contact a property owner regarding an area that has not been cleared, however, if timely action is not taken, a citation and/or order for clearing will be issued and associated fees will be charged to the property owner.