Snow rules for Denver, Aurora and Lakewood: The law says shovel snow, and soon

Every city in the Denver metro except for Centennial requires people to clear the sidewalk near their residences soon after snowfall.

This man is shoveling snow. This man could be you soon. (Pixabay)

Every city in the Denver metro except for Centennial requires people to clear the sidewalk near their residences soon after snowfall.

It’s generally the responsibility of the resident, so you can get ticketed even if you’re just renting. Read on for the specifics, including how to rat out your neighbors.

This man has a shovel. This man could be you soon. (Pixabay)
This person has a shovel. This person could be you soon. (Pixabay)

Denver:

Residential property owners have 24 hours to clear the sidewalks along their property after a snowstorm. Businesses have four hours. If someone doesn’t do that, you can call 311 to complain. Repeat offenders can get fined from $150 to $999. More information here.

(David Sachs at Streetsblog has noted, however, that it’s … really hard to get ticketed for this in Denver.)

Arvada:

The owner or occupant must clear those sidewalks within 24 hours after the storm. Complaints to 720-898-7465. More information here.

Aurora:

“As a resident or property owner,” you have to clear sidewalks along your residential property within 24 hours of the end of the snowfall, or 48 hours if it’s a snow emergency. You can complain at 303-739-7000. More information here.

Centennial:

There is no requirement to remove snow from sidewalks. Still, you’re strongly encouraged to clear the paths along your property. More information here.

Lakewood:

All sidewalks have to be cleared within 24 hours of the end of snowfall. Call the city at 303-987-7975 to complain about uncleared walkways. More information here.

Westminster:

You are required to clear sidewalks within 24 hours of the snow’s end. You can complain by calling 303-658-4432. More information here.

Andrew Kenney

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