Snow & Ice Control Policy
Snow Removal Policy
Snow and ice can be dangerous for all ages, but especially for children, the elderly and persons with disabilities who are more susceptible to injury. For example, when sidewalks are not cleared of snow and ice, children will often weave in and out of streets and sidewalks on their way to or from school or to and from the bus, which is a safety concern.
For these reasons, property owners in the City of Owatonna are responsible for removing snow and ice from sidewalks surrounding their property. Sidewalks must be cleared of snow the entire width of the concrete. The City of Owatonna would like to remind its residents that City Ordinance 650:0 requires that the owner, occupant or person in charge of property within the City of Owatonna to keep sidewalks adjoining their property free and clear of snow and ice. Any accumulated snow and ice must be removed from business sidewalks within twenty-four (24) hours from the time the snow ceases to accumulate on the sidewalk. Snow and ice removal in residential areas is required within forty-eight (48) hours.
Consequences for not adhering to this Policy
Property owners who do not adhere to the City of Owatonna snow removal policy may receive a written notice requiring that they remove the snow within the next 24 hours. If snow is removed ft•om sidewalks prior to the expiration of the posted 24-hour notice, no further action will take place. If snow is not removed within the posted 24-hour notice, the City may remove the snow and all related costs will be billed to the property owner.
Please do not place snow in the street. Piles of snow in the gutter will inhibit drainage resulting in ice buildup in gutters and on sidewalks. Citizens are advised to place all snow ft•om sidewalks and driveways on adjacent landscaped areas.
We thank you for doing your part to provide safe sidewalks for our citizens. Contact the City of Owatonna, Public Works Department with any questions at