Important Information on Snow Clearing in Brampton
It’s that time of year again. Snow has blanketed Brampton, residents are dusting off their shovels and buying industrial bags of salt, and there are some important rules to keep in mind when it comes to removing snow from your property in our city!
The City is reminding Bramptonians that snow and ice that remains on sidewalks is a safety hazard for people using the sidewalk — and that it’s a resident’s responsibility to take care of and maintain the sidewalk around their home.
Did you know that there is a Snow and Ice Removal By-law that requires property owners and tenants to remove snow, ice, and slush from their sidewalks by 11 a.m. the day after the end of a snowfall?
That’s right, there is a time by which you have to have your sidewalks cleared.
Think about it — snow and ice left on your sidewalk increases the risk of slipping and falling, and it’s often a barrier for someone with a stroller, a wheelchair, or other accessible device.
“Even though sidewalks are owned by the City, it is the resident's responsibility to take care of and maintain them,” says the City.
Sidewalks must be cleared from side to side, down to bare concrete.
So, what happens if your sidewalk isn’t clear?
First, someone could complain to the City (or you could file a complain against someone else), and the City would then investigate. If there’s an issue, the City would file an Order to Comply, meaning that the property owner would have to clear their sidewalk within eight hours.
Then, if the work isn’t done after the eight hour period, a City-arranged contracter will clear the sidewalk, and all costs — for the contractor and any admin fees — will be charged in the homeowner’s property taxes.
If you see a sidewalk that hasn’t been cleared by 11 a.m. the day after the end of a snowfall, you can call 3-1-1 from Brampton to report it, or (905) 458-3424 from anywhere.
Keep those sidewalks clear, Brampton!