Sidewalk Snow removal changes go into effect Jan. 11, 2014

The city’s revised snow ordinance goes into effect on Saturday, January 11, 2014 and enforcement will begin on Monday, January 13, 2014.  Notable changes to the ordinance are as follows:

  1. 1. Snow must be removed from sidewalks and parking lots within 24 hours of first accumulation of one inch (1”) or more. 
  2. Ice must, if practicable, immediately be removed from sidewalks and parking lots.  When immediate removal is impracticable, sand, salt or other chemical or materials must immediately be used and then ice must be removed as soon as practicable.
  3. Only one (1) warning for abatement will be left at any parcel per snow season.  Further violations will result in abatement without additional notices left at the property.  The property owner/agent is responsible for abatement costs.
  4. A citation will be issued for every violation, even the first.  Fines increase each offense.
  5. A five foot (5’) path must be maintained on sidewalks at all times to be in compliance.

Ypsilanti City Code Chapter 94, Section 94-135(a) defines the “snow season” as October 1st through May 31st.  Failure to comply with abatement notices will result in the city’s contractor being hired to correct the violation, with all costs for services invoiced to the property owner/agent.  Further information may be obtained through the Code Enforcement Division at (734) 482-1025, or at 

Posted on Friday, January 03, 2014 (Archive on Friday, January 10, 2014)
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