With snow season’s early arrival this year, the City of Iowa City reminds residents of its snow removal ordinance requiring sidewalks to be cleared within 24 hours after a one-inch or more snowfall, or after any accumulation of ice has ended. Property owners are responsible for the removal of snow and ice from all sidewalks that abut their private property. The entire width of the sidewalk must be cleared down to concrete. Tenants are advised to check their leases to see if their landlord has transferred the responsibility of snow and ice removal to them. 

Residents who wish to report a property where the adjacent public sidewalk has not been cleared have three ways to notify the City’s Neighborhood & Development Services office: 

  • use the ICGovXpress mobile app on their smart phone (visit www.icgov.org/ICgovXpressInfo to download the free app – search for it under “GORequest”); 
  • access ICGovXpress on the City’s website at www.icgov.org/icgovxpress; or 
  • call the complaint hotline at 319-356-5152. 

Complaints must be specific and include an actual address in order for City staff to respond. Residents may visit http://www.iowa-city.org/icgov/apps/GEN/complaintmap.asp to see a map of properties that are being investigated by Neighborhood and Development Services due to complaints from the public. 

If a complaint is received about an unshoveled property, an inspector will visit the address to verify the violation, and leave a notification tag at the property if a violation exists. A Notice of Violation will also be mailed to the property owner and an additional 24 hours will be given to remove the snow and/or ice. If not completed by the deadline, the City will hire a private contractor to complete the job, and the property owner will be billed those costs plus a $100 administrative fee. Please keep in mind that only one notification will be given per snow season. Subsequent violations at the property will be cleared without further notification. 

Residents are asked to be considerate of pedestrians this winter by keeping their sidewalks clear and safe. For more information, contact Stan Laverman, Senior Housing Inspector, at 319-356-5135 or stan-laverman@iowa-city.org.

Date of publication

Monday, November 23, 2015