Sidewalk maintenance is the responsibility of the land owner adjacent to the sidewalk. For example, a sidewalk next to a privately owned condo building is the responsibility of the condo building owner. Similarly, sidewalks in front of private property or, if a home is on a corner lot, adjacent to the home, are the responsibility of the homeowner. Community Leagues are responsible for the sidewalks and parking lots that fall within their lease areas.
Snow and freeze/thaw cycles can result in very hazardous conditions on walkways and sidewalks. These conditions are a safety concern for everyone — particularly for waste collectors, other service providers and those with limited mobility.
Property owners should remove snow and ice as soon as possible, especially during days of continuous snowfall and during freeze/thaw cycles. As residents of a winter city, we need to be considerate of the impact snowy and icy sidewalks have on our neighbours and fellow citizens.
Failure to maintain your sidewalks could result in a $100 fine plus potentially any cleanup costs.
Free sand is available at participating community leagues and Roadway Maintenance Yards.
Sidewalk and Pathway Maintenance
City crews maintain more than 1,380 km of sidewalks and trails in Edmonton. These include sidewalks next to City-owned buildings, multi-use paths and river valley trails.
Some walkways are designated as “unmaintained” during the winter months. These include walkways within parks where no City programs are offered.
Sidewalks on Public Utility Lots (PUL) rights of way (undeveloped grassland) or adjacent to Municipal Reserves and Parkland are not cleared if they do not connect pedestrians to a major roadway or bus stop.