Property Owner Responsibilities

As a property owner in Spruce Grove, you also have responsibilities for snow removal.

Sidewalks

Under the City's Traffic Bylaw, property owners are required to remove snow and ice from public sidewalks adjacent to their property within 48 hours of a snowfall. The City is responsible for clearing snow from public sidewalks, including ones adjacent to City-owned buildings and facilities, city parks, along highways and arterial roadways, and on the trails in the Heritage Grove Park trail system.

It's also a good idea to put down sand or gravel to help provide some traction or a product that will help melt the ice. This will not only make it easier for you to get around outside, but it will also help other residents safely use the sidewalk - especially the elderly, disabled or parents with strollers.

Snow storage

When you are removing snow from your sidewalk, walkway, driveway or parking pad, you will need to store it on your property, as you are not permitted to shovel or blow snow onto roadways, public property or into alleys. Not only is it against the City's Traffic Bylaw - and could result in a $172 fine - but it can also lead to spring flooding and cause unnecessary windrows in the roadway due to drifting.

Give them room to work

When you see City crews and equipment out removing snow from City streets, be sure to give them plenty of room to work. This includes removing vehicles and other obstacles as required to allow for safe and efficient snow removal. As well, when encountering snow removal equipment on City streets, slow down and follow at a safe distance until there is a safe and legal opportunity to pass.

Waste collection

When putting out your black waste or green organics carts for collection, make sure to leave adequate space around them. Clear away snow to at least one metre (approximately an arm's length) around your carts.

Emergency access

Do you have a fire hydrant, utility box or transformer on or adjacent to your property? Be sure to keep snow cleared around hydrants to allow emergency access in the event of a fire. Utility boxes and transformers should also be cleared to allow utility companies access in the event of an emergency or to prevent damage by snow removal equipment.

Remove obstacles

If you store items outdoors during the winters months, such as hockey nets or basketball hoops, don't forget to remove them from roadways during snow removal operations. Fewer obstacles will mean more efficient and effective snow removal for everyone.