555 miles. 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.
City of Columbia Code of Ordinances 24-12 – Sidewalks opens in a new window 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. To file a complaint, please contact the Office of Neighborhood Services at 573-817-5050 opens in a new window or complete an online form opens in a new window.
During the 2013-2014 snow season, the City of Columbia conducted a pilot project to examine realistic ways in which sidewalks in residential areas may be cleared on a priority basis. The pilot project did not produce the expected results. Thus, in 2014 the pilot project was discontinued.
- Winter Weather Hub – Quick links to the resources you need
- Snow Fighting Summary – City Channel (Video)
- What is a passable road?
- What is a Designated Snow Route/Priority Route?
- Preparing for Snow Season – A Citizen’s Guide (pdf)
- Council Snow Memo – Nov. 5, 2018
Call: 573.874.2489 / Email: PubW@CoMo.gov