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Let It Snow!

It's snow season - have you ever wondered what the law says about shoveling snow from sidewalks?

Snow removal is generally regulated at the local level, by city or county law, and the responsibilities of private land owners may be different from business owners.

The Salt Lake City Code, for example, has this provision:

14.20.070 Snow To Be Removed From Sidewalks:

It is unlawful for the owner, occupant, lessor or agent of any property abutting on any paved sidewalk to fail to remove or cause to be removed from the length and breadth of the entire sidewalk abutting such property all hail, snow or sleet falling thereon, within twenty four (24) hours after such hail, snow or sleet has ceased falling. Each day such sidewalk is not so cleared shall constitute a new violation.

The Logan City Code has this provision:

12.08.080: DUTY TO REMOVE SNOW AND ICE:

It is unlawful for the owner, occupant, lessor or agent of either the owner, occupant or lessor of any property abutting on any paved sidewalk where said property is open to the public for business to fail to remove or cause to be removed from such paved sidewalk and bus stop all hail, snow or sleet falling thereon, and all ice forming thereon, within one hour after such hail, snow or sleet shall have ceased falling or such ice shall have formed; provided, that in case of a storm, between the hours of five o'clock (5:00) P.M. in the afternoon and six o'clock (6:00) A.M. in the succeeding morning, or in case of ice forming during the same hours, such sidewalk shall be cleaned before nine o'clock (9:00) A.M. in the morning immediately succeeding the storm or the formation of such ice.

Many of Utah's city and county codes are available online. If your city or county code isn't online, contact your local public library or city/county clerk's office to see if they have a print copy.

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