Failure to clear snow and ice from your sidewalks affects more than just you or the adjoining property owner. School age children, and especially disabled persons and the elderly, may find even an inch or two of snow and any amount of ice on the sidewalk to be extremely hazardous if not totally impassable.
Spearfish City Ordinance requires that property owners or tenants keep all sidewalks abutting their property free of snow, ice, and any obstruction. As soon as is practical, generally within 24 - 48 hours after it has stopped snowing, the entire sidewalk area must be cleared of snow and ice. Failure to do so may result in a fine and abatement of the violation with all costs billed to the property owner.
Residents and private commercial snow removal contractors are not allowed to plow or blow snow onto any city street or right-of-way. Additionally, snow and ice shall not be deposited so as to obstruct or interfere with the passage or vision of vehicular or pedestrian traffic. Residents are also reminded to keep fire hydrants and mailboxes clear from snow build-up.Examples of Snow and Obstruction ViolationsSpearfish Snow Information and Advisory GuideAAOS Safety Tips for Shoveling SnowReturn to Common Code ViolationsProperty Maintenance home page