Snow & Ice Removal Bylaw

Lisa C. Community, Newcomer Information, Updates

We have seen a fair amount of snow this week as we head into early winter in October– nothing really that surprising in Calgary.

Please be reminded that Section 67 of the Street Bylaw has specified requirements for snow and ice removal.

The following requirements apply to you, whether you are the owner of the house or you are only living in it (as a tenant, for instance).

The Calgary Street Bylaw property owners or occupants to:

  • Remove snow and ice – down to bare surface – from public sidewalks bordering their private property within 24 hours of a snowfall ending.
  • Remove a minimum width of 1.5 meters of snow and ice – down to bare surface – from a public pathway bordering their property, also within 24 hours of a snowfall ending.
  • Pile snow from their private driveway or walkway on their own property (e.g. front lawn). Snow from a public sidewalk or pathway may be shoveled onto another public property, such as a road.

If you fail to comply with the bylaw and subsequent notices issued by The City:

  • The City will clear the sidewalk on your behalf and will charge you for it — a minimum flat rate of $150 plus GST and an admin fee.
  • You will be fined $250 for a first offence. Repeat offenders will face higher fines.

If you notice a sidewalk that is not cleared within 24 hours of a snowfall ending, please note down address details and report it to the City.

You are encouraged to volunteer as a Snow Angel and help others remove snow & ice from their sidewalk, especially if you have a neighbor who’s one of the following

  • an older adult
  • a person with limited mobility
  • anybody that could use some help

Word of the Day:

Occupant: a person that lives or resides in a house, apartment or condo.

More information:

To learn more about How to Prepare for Winter in Alberta, watch our Smart Tips video available with multilingual subtitles: