The majority of sidewalks in Edmonton are maintained by the property owner (individual or business) adjacent to the sidewalk. For properties on a corner, the property owner is required to maintain the front and sides. Property owners are also required to maintain the curb ramp (also known as a curb cut) to ensure all users can safely use the sidewalk.
Reminder: Shovelling or pushing snow from sidewalks into roads or alleys violates municipal bylaws and results in a fine of $250, contributes to unsafe driving and walking conditions, increases the cost of providing winter road maintenance and can lead to blocked storm drains.
Some walkways are designated as “unmaintained” during the winter months. These include walkways within parks where no City programs are offered.
Sidewalks on Public Utility Lots (PUL) rights of way (undeveloped grassland) or adjacent to Municipal Reserves and Parkland are not cleared if they do not connect pedestrians to a major roadway or bus stops near buildings, multi-use paths and river valley trails.
Snow and freeze/thaw cycles can result in hazardous conditions on walkways and sidewalks. These conditions are a safety concern for everyone — particularly for those with limited mobility, service providers and waste collectors.
Property owners should remove snow and ice as soon as possible, especially during days of continuous snowfall and during freeze/thaw cycles. As residents of a winter city, we need to be considerate of the impact snow-covered and icy sidewalks have on our neighbours and fellow citizens.
Failure to maintain your sidewalks could result in a $100 fine plus potentially any cleanup costs.
Free sand is available at participating community leagues and Roadway Maintenance Yards.
Active Pathways Snow and Ice Clearing
This map shows all sidewalk and multi-use pathways cleared by the City.
Spread sand or gravel on icy patches to make your sidewalk safer for pedestrians. Spreading sand on a sidewalk before ice forms can also make future ice easier to remove
Microwaving sand in a microwave-safe container and spreading it while it is still warm can make it more effective; it will embed itself into the ice, creating a gritty top layer
Freeze-thaw cycles cause water from melting snow to run on to sidewalks
Pile snow where it will not run across your sidewalk
Aim your downspouts away from sidewalks
It's illegal to pile snow on public property (including roads and boulevards)
You're required to keep the walks around your property safe by removing ice or spreading sand
Concerns and Complaints
Dispute A Bylaw Ticket
If you are charged with a Bylaw offence you may request a review of your file if you feel you have a valid defence to the charge or if you feel there are significant mitigating circumstances to be considered.
Tickets can only be disputed in court or through the municipal prosecutors' office. Please follow the instructions on the ticket or follow the process on the Municipal Prosecution page to make a request for a file review.
The ticket is a bylaw offence for failing to remove snow and/or ice from the sidewalk. The invoice is for the cost of the snow/ice removal on the sidewalks adjacent to your property. The City sent a contractor to remove all snow and ice to ensure the safety and accessibility for all pedestrians.
Once the work is completed, the charges are applied to the legal property owners tax roll. For multiple owners at a property the charges are divided equally and applied to every legal property owner. Condominium fees are not part of the City's review and should be discussed with the condominium association.
Warning notices and door hangers are not required under the bylaw. They are given as a courtesy or friendly reminder to the property owner of a violation on the property and the need to clean up the sidewalk. Not receiving a warning notice or a door hanger will not void the ticket and/or the snow clearing charge.
Information pertaining to an invoice will only be released to the owner of the property. Individual agreements between the landlord and tenant are not part of the City's review and must be solved between the landlord and tenant.
Invoice Review Process
There is no formal dispute or appeal process for the snow/ice clearing invoice. Files will be reviewed on a case by case basis, please review the criteriaÂ and submit the request form.
Free sand is provided during winter weather to use on your icy sidewalks and walkways. Remember to bring your own container when you visit your local community sandbox or roadway maintenance yard. Sandboxes will be refilled within 5 days following the end of snowfall.
Request a Community Sandbox
Neighbourhoods that have never had a sandbox previously and would like one must contact their community league.
The community league must call 311 to make the request on behalf of the neighbourhood.
For neighbourhoods with no community league, residents can call 311 directly to make the request.
Roadway Maintenance Yard Locations
Sand is available at the following City of Edmonton roadway maintenance yards:
Sand is located outside the fence. Please do not drive into the yards.