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Sidewalk snow and ice removal in former City of Halifax is a property owner responsibility

Friday, December 28, 2012 (Halifax, NS) - The return of cold weather means snow shovelling season is upon us. At this time, HRM asks for cooperation from property owners in the former City of Halifax to make the winter season less challenging for individuals who depend upon clear sidewalks for safe transit.

In areas where the municipality does not provide sidewalk snow and ice clearing – primarily Peninsular Halifax, Armdale, Purcell's Cove and Spryfield – HRM By-Law S-300 requires property owners clear any sidewalks abutting their property within 12 hours after the end of any snow fall, or six hours after daylight if the snow has stopped falling during the night. To enable safe pedestrian transit, sidewalks must be cleared to the bare pavement for a minimum width of three feet.

Property owners in violation of Part One of By-Law S-300 will receive a notice advising their sidewalk must be cleared within 24 hours. Failure to comply with the 24-hour Order to Remove will result in the HRM removing the snow and ice at the owner’s expense and may result in the property owner receiving a summary offence ticket.

Call HRM’s Citizen Call Centre at 311 to register a complaint regarding a violation of By-Law S-300 or to find out who is responsible for clearing sidewalks in your area.

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Media Contact:


Shaune MacKinlay

Manager, Public Affairs
Halifax Regional Municipality

(902) 490-6531

(902) 233-6838 (cell)

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