As snow melts and temperatures fluctuate below and above freezing, remember to check walks for ice and clear them, especially first thing in the morning for the safety of those traveling to work or school. 

Those who do not remove ice and snow may be fined. '

Sidewalk policy

Property owners are responsible for the ice and snow removal from all sidewalks that abut their private property. The entire width of the sidewalk must be cleared down to concrete. Renters should check their leases to see if their landlord has transferred the responsibility of snow and ice removal to them.

Reporting icy or snowy sidewalks

Those who wish to report a property where the adjacent public sidewalk has not been cleared can contact the City of Iowa City:

  • Download the free ICGovXpress mobile app for your smartphone or tablet. 
    Search GoRequest where you get your apps. 
  • Visit www.icgov.org/ICgovXpress
  • Call the complaint hotline at 319-356-5152

Complaints must be specific and include an address for staff to respond. Residents can view a digital map of properties that are being investigated by staff due to complaints from the public.

Penalties

If a complaint is received about an uncleared property, an inspector will visit the address to verify the violation, and leave a notification tag at the property. A Notice of Violation will also be mailed to the property owner and an additional 24 hours will be given to clear the pavement. If not completed by the deadline, the City will hire a private contractor to shovel, and the property owner will be billed those costs plus a $100 administrative fee. Only one notification will be given per snow season. Subsequent violations at the property will be cleared without further notification.

Clearing curb ramps and crosswalks

Be a good neighbor and keep curb ramps clear. Snow and ice free curb ramps are needed to keep sidewalks accessible to everyone, especially for pedestrians with limited mobility.


An image of an icy sidewalk in Iowa City

Date of publication

Thursday, February 15, 2018

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