Snowy Sidewalks

Man Shoveling Snow
There are 555 miles of sidewalk in the City of Columbia. We urge all community members to clear the sidewalks of snow and ice adjacent to their home or business. While it’s the neighborly thing to do, it is also a city ordinance that sidewalks be kept clear of obstructions such as snow and ice. Each year, wonderful volunteers from the community work with the private nonprofit group Services for Independent Living (SIL) to assist with snow removal on sidewalks and driveways. SIL serves low-income seniors and individuals who have a disability. Unfortunately, volunteers are currently stretched very thin and may not be able take on new applicants. So, if you see your neighbor needs help with their sidewalk, SIL asks that you consider reaching out to them and giving your neighbors a helping hand. If you are interested in volunteering or need assistance, you may contact SIL Volunteer Coordinator Madison Anderson at 573-874-1646, ext. 223.

Please be a good neighbor and help in removing the snow and ice from our city’s sidewalks. Thanks for keeping our community safe and accessible for all.

  • If you are a tenant, ask your landlord who is responsible for snow removal. If you are expected to do the shoveling, see if your landlord will provide you a shovel and ice melt.
  • If you have a neighbor who needs help, offer to clear their sidewalks if you are able.
  • If you hire someone to remove snow from your property, make sure sidewalks are included in their work.

opens in a new windowCity of Columbia Code of Ordinances 24-12 – Sidewalks and the Property Maintenance code section 302.3 regulate obstructions to sidewalks. The penalty for violation of this ordinance may be up to $500 per day. Enforcement of snow covered sidewalks is complaint driven. 


Office of Neighborhood Services: 573-817-5050 or complete the Office of Neighborhood Services Reporting Form.