Below, you can find a summary of our snow and ice bylaws:
- Within 24 hours after snow stops falling, all snow and ice must be completely removed from City pathways and sidewalks. Please see below for definitions of a sidewalk and pathway.
- Owners and occupants of a home are responsible for removing snow and ice from the pathways and sidewalks in the front or to the side of their property.
- All snow and ice must be removed down to the bare surface of the sidewalk or pathway.
- Snow and ice must be removed from a City pathway or sidewalk that runs parallel to or directly adjacent to a street, even if it is separated by a boulevard.
- If you own a rental property, you are ultimately responsible for ensuring the sidewalks and pathways are cleared.
- The owner or occupant of land adjacent to a sidewalk must remove all snow and ice. Those adjacent to a pathway must remove snow and ice for a minimum width of 1.5 meters from the side of the pathway closest to their property.
A sidewalk is that part of a street set aside specifically for pedestrian use.
A pathway is a multi-purpose thoroughfare used by pedestrians, cyclists and persons using wheeled conveyances such as skateboards.
If you receive a Warning Notice for failure to remove snow and ice from a sidewalk or pathway and do not remove it within 24 hours, The City of Calgary workforce will be instructed to carry out the work and the cost will be invoiced to the property owner. Failure to pay this will result in the cost being added to the property taxes.
Snow & ice helpful hints
These tips will help make clearing your sidewalk a little easier:
- A free sand/salt mixture, called pickle, is available for pick up at most fire halls and Roads depots. This mixture helps to break down built-up snow and ice on your sidewalk so it can be fully removed down to the bare surface. Please note, during periods of heavy snowfall, this mixture is in high demand and fire halls may have to wait for the mixture to be restocked. For a list of locations click here.
- If you require help clearing your sidewalk, click here for a full list of Community Based Snow Removal Programs.
City of Calgary Snow Programs
See real time snow clearing updates, maps, information about the Snow Angel program and other winter weather programs from the City of Calgary at on our snow page
Snow & ice related bylaws
Snow and ice removal is regulated under the Street Bylaw (under section 67). This page is an overview of these regulations. Please refer to the actual bylaw for more detailed information. Original copies of the bylaw are available from the City Clerk's office.
Filing a complaint
How to file a complaint and what happens to it
If you know of a bylaw infraction and would like to report it to Animal & Bylaw Services, please fill out the above form, call 311 (from within Calgary) or 403-268-CITY (2489) (from outside Calgary).