The winter of 2019-2020 forecast called for more snow this winter.  Which means more shoveling and snow blowing. When you're getting that snow out of your driveway, sidewalk or whatever, be careful where you put it. You could be breaking the law.

Minnesota Statute 160.2715 states:

(a) Except for the actions of the road authorities, their agents, employees, contractors, and utilities in carrying out their duties imposed by law or contract, and except as herein provided, it shall be unlawful to:

 

(1) obstruct any highway or deposit snow or ice thereon;

(b) Any violation of this section is a misdemeanor.

 

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In other words, you can't shovel or blow that snow into the street. It can be punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or up to a $1,000 fine.

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If you are a property owner, here's the laws regarding snow removal from the City of St. Cloud.

St. Cloud Ordinance 680:05Opens in New Window requires property owners to clear public sidewalks of snow and ice within 24 hours after the end of a snowfall. This is necessary to ensure the safety of people using the sidewalks during winter.

 

  • Shovel sidewalks on all sides of your property, the full width of the sidewalk.
  • Remove ice to bare pavement and treat with salt or sand, if needed.
  • If you have corner property, clear curb cuts at corners and crosswalks to the street gutter to facilitate handicap accessibility.
  • Pile snow into your yard and boulevard. It's against the law to shovel snow into streets and alleys.
  • Make arrangements for someone to take over while you are away.

Failure to comply may result in snow and ice removal by City staff. Property owners are billedOpens in New Window for this service, and unpaid bills will be added to property tax statements.

To report an unshoveled sidewalk, please contact Public Works at 320-650-2900.

City of St. Cloud

 

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