Do your part to keep Minneapolis walkable
Sidewalk clearing time frame
Property owners are required to clear sidewalks of snow and ice.
- Single-family homes and duplexes – You must clear sidewalks within 24 hours after it stops snowing.
- All other properties – You must clear sidewalks within 4 daytime hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) after it stops snowing.
See Minneapolis Ordinance 445.20
Why it's important to clear sidewalks
City sidewalks need to be accessible to everyone year-round. Many in our community rely on sidewalks to get to work, school, errands, appointments and more. Sidewalks that aren't cleared of snow and ice are difficult and sometimes dangerous to use. They're especially challenging for people with limited mobility.
The City inspects sidewalks to make sure property owners clear them. We start inspecting sidewalks 24 hours after each snowfall. We may also learn about an uncleared sidewalk if someone makes a complaint.