Clear your sidewalk
New 48-hour window for sidewalk clearing
On January 18, 2022, Council voted to amend the Sidewalk Clearing Bylaw from eight days to 48 hours for clearing sidewalks around private properties after a snowfall, effective immediately.
Be a good neighbour and clear the snow around your property as soon as possible. Free rock chips are also available to manage icy conditions.
Sidewalk Clearing Bylaw
Under Bylaw 1-2022, residents have 48 hours following a snowfall to clear the area around their property. The expectation is a flat, level path that is wide enough for strollers or walkers to safely pass by—we understand clearing down to the bare concrete is not always possible.
If a sidewalk is not cleared within the 48-hour window, the homeowner may receive a Snow Clearing Notice. This written reminder provides the occupant/homeowner with 24 hours to remove the snow.
If the snow is not cleared within 24 hours, the County will clear the sidewalk at the homeowner’s expense and the cost will be added to the homeowner’s property taxes.
Sidewalk clearing tips
- Avoid shovelling onto the road - Shovel the snow from your sidewalk and driveway onto your property and not onto the road. Shovelling snow onto the road can cause hazardous conditions.
- Clear space around hydrants - If you have a fire hydrant near your home, please clear snow or ice at least 60 cm (2 ft) from around the hydrant to ensure Emergency Services’ crews can find and access the hydrant as quickly as possible in an emergency.
- Keep catch basins clear - Clearing snow and ice around catch basins in the gutter by your property will help the melt water runoff and reduce flooding problems on the road.
- Manage ice - If ice has formed on your sidewalk, you can use rock chips. “Chip” boxes are available in all neighbourhoods. Click here to see our interactive Chip Box location map.
- Ask for help - If you are unable to clear your sidewalks, please arrange for someone to clear them for you. Strathcona County has a program called Snow Busters that connects eligible residents with volunteers.
Neighbourhood chip boxes
Ever noticed this green box in your neighbourhood? Those are chip bins, and they are located throughout Strathcona County. If ice has formed on your sidewalk, you can use rock chips from these bins to manage it.
To report an empty chip bin, please let us know through County Connect.
If your neighbourhood chip bin has run out, you can find rock chips at central locations, which are also included on the map.
Central locations include:
- 53129 Range Road 222
- Ardrossan Recreation Complex
- Broadmoor Golf Course
- Broadview Enviroservice Station
- Centennial Park
- Elk Island Administration Office (west side off Range Road 231)
- Glen Allan Recreation Centre
- Log Cabin on Fir Street
- Salisbury Composite High School (north side off Festival Way)
- Strathcona Athletic Park
NOTE: The central locations include a large pile of rock chips with small barricades. Sometimes it looks like a mound of sand or is partially covered in snow. Signs have been added to help identify them.
Chip box map
Interactive web maps are best viewed with Google Chrome.
Download PDF versions of the chip box locations maps:
Transportation and Agriculture Services
Submit a County Connect sidewalk clearing issue