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Ice & Snow Removal

Residents are responsible for clearing the sidewalks adjacent to their property in order to keep the community 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 1326 provides a time frame for property 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. For snow showers that occur on more than one consecutive day, snow must be cleared by the above stated times or within 48 hours after the first snowfall began, whichever is sooner. Ice should be cleared or an abrasive (salt, sand, etc.) should be applied within 12 hours of formation.

Each day that an owner fails to maintain a sidewalk in accordance with these standards constitutes a separate offense. Failure to timely comply constitutes a public nuisance and the City Manager may—if he or she determines the condition endangers the health, safety, or welfare of the public—cause to be posted on the property a notice of the intent of the City to abate the condition with the costs of the abatement assessed to the property owner in accordance with Section 26-4 of the code. The City may abate the condition and assess the property owner the costs if the condition is not remedied in accordance with the above standards within 24 hours of the abatement notice.


Other Important Considerations

  • The City clears sidewalks in some higher-volume pedestrian traffic areas including downtown and around schools, however, property owners are still responsible for making sure the sidewalk adjacent to the 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 alternate arrangements should be made.
  • When City plows come through, snow may end up on the sidewalk that was just shoveled. Plows are angled to the right for plowing from the center of the street to the curb. For this reason, snow may be deposited in driveways. Snow placed in driveways or on sidewalks by City plows is the resident’s/owner’s responsibility to remove.
  • 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.

 

Fines & Costs
Currently, the 54B District Court assesses $85 in fines and costs. Please note, fines and costs are determined, in part, by legislative requirements. 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.

 

Additional Information

Download Snow Removal Ordinance (One-Pager Plus FAQ)

Residents are responsible for clearing the sidewalks adjacent to their property in order to keep the community 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 1326 provides a time frame for property 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. For snow showers that occur on more than one consecutive day, snow must be cleared by the above stated times or within 48 hours after the first snowfall began, whichever is sooner. Ice should be cleared or an abrasive (salt, sand, etc.) should be applied within 12 hours of formation.

Each day that an owner fails to maintain a sidewalk in accordance with these standards constitutes a separate offense. Failure to timely comply constitutes a public nuisance and the City Manager may—if he or she determines the condition endangers the health, safety, or welfare of the public—cause to be posted on the property a notice of the intent of the City to abate the condition with the costs of the abatement assessed to the property owner in accordance with Section 26-4 of the code. The City may abate the condition and assess the property owner the costs if the condition is not remedied in accordance with the above standards within 24 hours of the abatement notice.


Other Important Considerations

  • The City clears sidewalks in some higher-volume pedestrian traffic areas including downtown and around schools, however, property owners are still responsible for making sure the sidewalk adjacent to the 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 alternate arrangements should be made.
  • When City plows come through, snow may end up on the sidewalk that was just shoveled. Plows are angled to the right for plowing from the center of the street to the curb. For this reason, snow may be deposited in driveways. Snow placed in driveways or on sidewalks by City plows is the resident’s/owner’s responsibility to remove.
  • 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.

 

Fines & Costs
Currently, the 54B District Court assesses $85 in fines and costs. Please note, fines and costs are determined, in part, by legislative requirements. 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.

 

Additional Information

Download Snow Removal Ordinance (One-Pager Plus FAQ)

   


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