Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Snowy Sidewalk Safety!

12-07-10 Snowy Sidewalk Safety!

    When we receive the amount of snow like we've had in the last week or so and it sticks, sidewalks can be dangerous places to walk. And it looks like we might be in for a snowy winter!

    Boise City Code 9-08-07 - Removing snow from sidewalks - states that the owner of a building (home, business, church, etc) is to keep their sidewalks clear of snow every day.

    Usually, snow melts quickly here and doesn't last long enough to be a concern. However, when the snowfall sticks, it's important that we shovel it off our sidewalks. Boise City Zoning Enforcement handles this complaint, and can be reached at 384-3845 if you have questions or want further information.


 A little Boise trivia: The ordinance was first written in 1922 and updated in 1952. One of the reasons the code was written was to allow Boise Police Foot Patrols to cover their beats safely. Now that we have many more sidewalks than we did in 1952, the issue today is for the safety of our residents.