As every local resident knows, Idaho Falls snow removal services are often in high demand in the late fall and all throughout the winter. It’s just one burden we all have to deal with while living here: long, cold winters with lots of snow.
That said, we should be grateful for just how far snow removal technology has come since the 1800’s.
What snow buildup means for commercial properties.
There are a number of legal requirements all commercial businesses must fulfill when it comes to removing snow from their properties. This is to ensure the safety of not just customers, but employees as well. Business owners are required to always keep their sidewalks clear of snow.
Beyond the legal necessity for removing snow, it’s simply sound business practice. No one wants to fight their way into your business while the lot is covered in snow, ice, and slush. Having this removed not only gives customers easier access to your business, it also projects an image of responsibility and success that is important for cultivating customers and bringing in new ones.
There is also the risk of personal injury litigation. This can come from either customers or employees. The last thing you want to deal with is a lawsuit.
What snow buildup means for residential properties.
Again, by law you must keep your sidewalks free of snow, and that goes for both homeowners, renters, and business owners alike.
In Idaho Falls, many residents are going to end up seriously inconvenienced if they don’t shovel their walks and driveways. Not only is it going to be difficult trying to do so when it’s too late, but snow often builds up on the streets as well, making it difficult or impossible to park your vehicles on the street as you do so. That, or they’ll be stuck in the garage while you’re desperately trying to shovel away the snow before you’re late to work.
In Idaho Falls, snow removal is also often required for people who live in more rural areas and have to take winding dirt roads to their properties. Many of these same people also have large lots that require snow removal.
A relatively new Idaho Falls ordinance requires the elderly, pregnant women, and the physically and mentally impaired to remove snow.
Those who fall under these categories are now required to remove snow from their properties. This is the result of the City Council amending exemptions from code 8-10-8.
This is been in effect for a few years now, but many are still not aware of the law, which requires those who fall under these categories to remove:
From their sidewalks within 24 hours of the precipitation of the event. Prior to this change, the following people were exempt from being legally required to remove snow:
1. A person who is physically or mentally in such a manner that they are unable to perform the duty imposed. 2. A pregnant person. 3. A person who is 70 or more years of age; and, 4. A lessee who occupies a unit of a multi-family dwelling on the owner’s property who is not an agent etc. (Lessee’s whose landlord don’t make them responsible for snow removal)
An infraction citation can be issued every 24-hours if sidewalks are not cleared.