Saint Paul’s Department of Safety and Inspections wants to take this time to remind property owners that the responsibility to shovel your full sidewalk, from edge to edge, falls to you within 24 hours after the end of a snowfall. For corner lots or businesses on corners, it’s essential that you shovel the corner ramp all the way to the street. Please—when you’re shoveling, think of your neighbors in wheelchairs, and consider if they can make it through easily.
DSI received more than 3,000 complaints during last year’s snow season (from November to the end of March) about un-shoveled sidewalks. When we get these complaints, we send reminder letters to the folks who haven’t shoveled, and most of them comply. But for the few hundred who don’t, the city clears their sidewalks—and it isn’t cheap for the property owners. Fees to shovel the sidewalk run at $160 per hour, and the administration fee is just as much. (You can view the legislative code here.)
So this year, be sure to think of your neighbors and your pocketbooks, and help make Saint Paul the most livable city in America by shoveling your sidewalk.