Snow Law

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Did you know that business owners must clear the snow from their sidewalks and walk-ways before 11:00 am, or risk a hefty fine and possibly even jail-time? And that homeowners have 24 hours to do the same? I’d wager that very few (if any) folks have ever been cited under this law, but it’s good to know about it.



  1. As a commercial property owner, I am very aware of that law. Although I think it is a good idea, it is also a matter of some frustration.

    Why, you might ask. The reason is the city’s double standard in enforcing that law.

    Do you think that all city-owned commercial property is cleared by 11 a.m. after a big storm? Drive around after the next big one and take a look.

    After the storm a few weeks ago, it took DAYS for some city owned areas to be cleared. That was while they were reminding us all in the paper to expect fines if our areas were not cleared.

    What’s good for the goose …

  2. It would be nice if more home owners around GFHS would clear their sidewalks. I know a few did when I attended school there, but there were others who never did, and the snow got packed down and turned to ice eventually and there was more than once that my sister or I biffed it on the ice.

  3. Sounds like a reasonable law – I’m pretty sure Bozeman has a similar law for commercial establishments.

    IIRC, Bozeman residents are required to clear the sidewalks in front of their houses within 24 hours.

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