Penticton residents reminded of snow removal responsibilities

FILE PHOTO- John Kritikos of Penticton shovels the sidewalk following a heavy snowfall in Penticton in 2014. Residents are being reminded of their responsibilities regarding snow clearing of sidewalks adjacent their properties by the City of Penticton.

PENTICTON - The City of Penticton is reminding homeowners of their responsibility to clear ice and snow from sidewalks adjacent to their properties.

As part of the Good Neighbour Bylaw, residents are required to have all sidewalks adjoining private properties cleared of snow and ice before 11 a.m. following a weather event, according to a city media release.

Any accumulated snow near sidewalk corners should be cleared to ensure it doesn’t become an obstacle, the city says.

“The city enforces its Good Neighbour Bylaw by way of received complaints that lead to either a removal notice or ticket being issued” bylaw supervisor Tina Siebert says in the release.

“In the majority of cases, after a removal notice is received, the snow and ice is attended to," Siebert says. "However, there are some cases where, despite the warning, action is not taken and the sidewalk remains impassable. When that occurs, a ticket is issued."

Residents are encouraged to report occurrences of snow and ice covered sidewalks to the city’s bylaw department by phone at 250-490-2440 or by email at

The city says it also hears about concerns regarding snow and ice on sidewalks through comments posted on social media and local media articles. However, contacting the city directly by phone and email, or through its Facebook and Twitter accounts, will ensure the complaint is received and acted upon.

The city has issued 190 removal notices this winter.

For everything you need to know about Penticton's snow and ice control programs go here.

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