First Snowfall Brings Reminder to Keep Sidewalks Clear of Snow and Ice This Winter

The City of Sioux Falls would like to remind residents: Don’t wait. Shovel within 48. Residents have 48 hours from the end of a weather event to remove snow and ice from sidewalks. Failure to clear sidewalks will result in citations and other costs to the property owner.

“Sioux Falls, your neighbors are counting on you,” says Matt Tobias, Code Enforcement Manager. “People rely on you to shovel your sidewalks for their safety. Sidewalks are an important component of the City’s transportation system, and our goal each winter is to ensure that all sidewalks in Sioux Falls are clear of snow and ice.”

City ordinance states that property owners have 48 hours from the end of a weather event to remove snow and ice from sidewalks, regardless of the amount of snow or ice. The ordinance requirement is not dependent on thickness or amount of coverage. All snow and ice needs to be removed from sidewalks within 48 hours. Property owners also are encouraged not to forget about sidewalk curb ramps on corner lots and other curb cutouts. Residents are responsible for providing access from the street onto the sidewalk.

The elderly, disabled, and school children especially need sidewalks cleared for safe passage during the winter months. Call 978-6900 during normal business hours, or leave a voice message after hours or on weekends, to report violations.

For more information about sidewalk snow removal, go to The website also includes information on how to subscribe to snow alert notifications, a snow zones map, information about snow alert regulations, tips on how to stay safe this winter, and much more.