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SALT LAKE CITY — Property owners who let snow pile up on sidewalks surrounding their homes or businesses this winter risk finding themselves buried in fines.
The Salt Lake City Council voted Tuesday to increase fines for those not removing snow, hail or sleet from sidewalks in a timely manner.
Under the revised ordinance, property owners with less than 200 feet of street frontage have 24 hours to clear snow from sidewalks or face a $50 fine. If the sidewalk is not cleared within 48 hours, the property owner can be fined $75 and then $100 per day after that.
Fines for property owners with more than 200 feet of street frontage start at $100 after the first 24 hours, $150 after 48 hours and $200 each day after that.
The previous fine for failure to clear sidewalks was $75, though it could be reduced to $25 if paid within 15 days.
City leaders have cited safety and walkability as reasons for the change. Property owners whose sidewalks become unusable during winter months cause problems in both areas.