Snow accumulation of 3 inches or more must be cleared from sidewalks and ramps
Dearborn residents, property owners and businesses are reminded that they are required to keep their sidewalks and ramps to crosswalks clear of snow and ice.
Doing so helps keep pedestrians, including school children, safe when walking, and it allows access to businesses.
If sidewalks are not cleared after a significant snowfall, the City can step in and remove snow or dangerous ice. Property owners would then get a bill from the City for the abatement plus at least a $75 additional fee.
Because this is so important for safety reasons, the penalty to property owners will increase with each offense, with the fourth violation in a calendar year resulting in misdemeanor charges.
Remove snow within 24 hours
City ordinances give property owners 24 hours after the snowfall has ended to remove accumulations of three inches or more or any dangerous ice from public sidewalks and ramps leading to crosswalks. If multiple snowfalls add up to three inches, then the same rules apply.
Snow pushed onto the sidewalk or crosswalk ramp by a snow plow also must be removed. For corner lots, snow must be removed from sidewalks along the front and side of the property.
Snow should be deposited on your own lawn or easement. However, it may be placed on a neighboring property to necessitate reasonable removal. Deposited snow must never obstruct neighboring windows, vents, driveways or walkways.
Snow must never be deposited in the street.
Priority is for areas near schools, walking routes
Abatement and enforcement will be a priority in areas heavily traveled by pedestrians, such as those near schools or businesses or on walking routes to those areas. However, all property owners with public sidewalks are required to remove snow and ice and are subject to enforcement.
Please be a good neighbor and keep your sidewalks free