We shovel our sidewalks because it is the law

Some communities already require or encourage shoveling. The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning compiled a list of municipalities in the region that require property owners to clear snow from the sidewalk:

  • Chicago read the ordinances here
  • Cicero
  • Countryside
  • East Dundee
  • Elmwood Park
  • Evanston
  • Grayslake
  • Hanover Park
  • Oak Park
  • Palos Heights
  • River Forest
  • South Elgin
  • Wheeling

Other municipalities either have vague laws and some don’t address it at all. You can get your community to start thinking about clear sidewalks. Read two samples of snow and ice removal laws that municipalities can use to develop their own legislation

City of Chicago snow removal ordinances59.21 KB
Sample laws61.72 KB

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