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Ice & Snow Removal

East Lansing community members are responsible for clearing the sidewalks adjacent to their property in order to keep the City safe and walkable following major snowfalls. This includes residents, business owners, landlords/renters and any other owners of property in the City of East Lansing.

 

About the Ordinance

Ordinance 1262 provides a time frame for property owners, renters/landlords and business owners to clear the snow/ice on the sidewalks adjacent to their property after a major snow event. Snow that accumulates before noon on a sidewalk must be cleared by midnight the same day and snow that accumulates after noon on a sidewalk must be cleared by midnight of the following day. Ice should be cleared or an abrasive (salt, sand, etc.) should be applied within 12 hours of formation.

 

Other Important Considerations

  • The City clears sidewalks in some higher-volume pedestrian traffic areas including downtown and around schools, however, you are still responsible for making sure the sidewalk next to your property is maintained and clear enough for everyone to use, including those in wheelchairs.
  • Vacations or other planned absences do not absolve residents of snow/ice removal responsibility, so arrangements should be made.
  • When City plows come through, snow may end up on the sidewalk you just shoveled. Snow placed in driveways or on sidewalks by City plows is the resident’s/owner’s responsibility to remove.

 

Fines and Costs

Currently, the 54B District Court assesses $85 in fines and costs. Please note, fines and costs can change as determined by the Legislature. Contact the 54B District Court at (517) 351-4568 for updated information.


Helpful Tips
If you are renting a house or building, discuss with your landlord who will take responsibility for clearing the adjacent sidewalks. Both parties can receive fines if the sidewalks are not cleared.

 

If residents are leaving for more than a day, the City suggests having a neighbor or a friend look after their property in case of snow or ice accumulation. This can be especially helpful for student housing when they leave for winter break.

 

Senior citizens (60+) who are unable to shovel their snow can contact the Prime Time Seniors' Program at (517) 337-1113  to learn more about chore service for snow removal. Chore Service Guidelines

 

Additional Information

Download Snow Removal Ordinance (One-Pager Plus FAQ)

East Lansing community members are responsible for clearing the sidewalks adjacent to their property in order to keep the City safe and walkable following major snowfalls. This includes residents, business owners, landlords/renters and any other owners of property in the City of East Lansing.

 

About the Ordinance

Ordinance 1262 provides a time frame for property owners, renters/landlords and business owners to clear the snow/ice on the sidewalks adjacent to their property after a major snow event. Snow that accumulates before noon on a sidewalk must be cleared by midnight the same day and snow that accumulates after noon on a sidewalk must be cleared by midnight of the following day. Ice should be cleared or an abrasive (salt, sand, etc.) should be applied within 12 hours of formation.

 

Other Important Considerations

  • The City clears sidewalks in some higher-volume pedestrian traffic areas including downtown and around schools, however, you are still responsible for making sure the sidewalk next to your property is maintained and clear enough for everyone to use, including those in wheelchairs.
  • Vacations or other planned absences do not absolve residents of snow/ice removal responsibility, so arrangements should be made.
  • When City plows come through, snow may end up on the sidewalk you just shoveled. Snow placed in driveways or on sidewalks by City plows is the resident’s/owner’s responsibility to remove.

 

Fines and Costs

Currently, the 54B District Court assesses $85 in fines and costs. Please note, fines and costs can change as determined by the Legislature. Contact the 54B District Court at (517) 351-4568 for updated information.


Helpful Tips
If you are renting a house or building, discuss with your landlord who will take responsibility for clearing the adjacent sidewalks. Both parties can receive fines if the sidewalks are not cleared.

 

If residents are leaving for more than a day, the City suggests having a neighbor or a friend look after their property in case of snow or ice accumulation. This can be especially helpful for student housing when they leave for winter break.

 

Senior citizens (60+) who are unable to shovel their snow can contact the Prime Time Seniors' Program at (517) 337-1113  to learn more about chore service for snow removal. Chore Service Guidelines

 

Additional Information

Download Snow Removal Ordinance (One-Pager Plus FAQ)

   
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