Shovel Your Sidewalk Or Face a Fine in Boise
Just when we thought the Treasure Valley was skipping winter this year, it came at us all at once. This weekend's winter storm dumped the fifth largest two-day February snowfall in 129 years and if you're a home owner, you better make sure you have it cleaned up.
Thanks to the insane state of Boise's housing market, there's a good chance that we'll be apartment dwellers for quite a while. This weekend was one of those times where I was grateful for that and for our complex's maintenance team that stayed on top of snow removal.
You, as a homeowner, probably had a very different experience. By the time you got to the bottom of your driveway, the top was covered again. As exhausting as shoveling the driveway was, hopefully you didn't stop there! Per Boise City Code, you are required to clear the sidewalks and gutters in front of your property.
Section 7-5-5 "Removing Snow Required" states:
Every owner of any building or vacant lot, and every person having the charge of any church, jail or public building in this City shall, during the time snow shall be on the ground, by nine o'clock (9:00) A.M. every morning, when necessary, clear the sidewalks and gutters in front of his property from snow, and keep conveniently free therefrom during the day, so as to allow citizens to use the sidewalks in an easy, safe and commodious manner. It shall be unlawful for any person to neglect or refuse to comply with the provisions of this section.
Those found violating this provision will be found guilty of a misdemeanor and if convicted, could face fines up to $1,000, up to six months in jail or both.