Clear your sidewalk

New 48-hour window for sidewalk clearing

On January 18, 2022, Council voted to amend the Sidewalk Clearing Bylaw from eight days to 48 hours for clearing sidewalks around private properties after a snowfall, effective immediately.

Read the news release

Last modified: Feb. 3, 2022, 3:29 p.m.

Manage icy conditions with rock chips

Crews are in the process of restocking the green community chip bins. If one has run low please report it through County Connect.

Central locations remain fully stocked. Rock chips at these locations are in a large pile – sometimes it looks like a mound of sand or is partially covered in snow. Signs have been added to help identify them.

Central locations include:

  • 53129 Range Road 222 
  • Ardrossan Recreation Complex 
  • Broadmoor Golf Course 
  • Broadview Enviroservice Station 
  • Centennial Park 
  • Elk Island Administration Office (west side off Range Road 231) 
  • Glen Allan Recreation Centre 
  • Log Cabin on Fir Street 
  • Salisbury Composite High School (north side off Festival Way) 
  • Strathcona Athletic Park 

Exact locations can be viewed on the chip bin map

Last modified: Jan. 28, 2022, 7:59 a.m.

Be a good neighbour and clear the snow around your property as soon as possible. Free rock chips are also available to manage icy conditions.

Person clearing snow with a snowblower

Sidewalk Clearing Bylaw

Under  Bylaw 1-2022, residents have 48 hours following a snowfall to clear the area around their property. The expectation is a flat, level path that is wide enough for strollers or walkers to safely pass by—we understand clearing down to the bare concrete is not always possible. 

 If a sidewalk is not cleared within the 48-hour window, the homeowner may receive a Snow Clearing Notice. This written reminder provides the occupant/homeowner with 24 hours to remove the snow.

If the snow is not cleared within 24 hours, the County will clear the sidewalk at the homeowner’s expense and the cost will be added to the homeowner’s property taxes.

Residents can report a sidewalk that has not been cleared through County Connect. 

Frequently asked questions

Sidewalk clearing tips

  • Avoid shovelling onto the road - Shovel the snow from your sidewalk and driveway onto your property and not onto the road. Shovelling snow onto the road can cause hazardous conditions.
  • Clear space around hydrants - If you have a fire hydrant near your home, please clear snow or ice at least 60 cm (2 ft) from around the hydrant to ensure Emergency Services’ crews can find and access the hydrant as quickly as possible in an emergency.
  • Keep catch basins clear - Clearing snow and ice around catch basins in the gutter by your property will help the melt water runoff and reduce flooding problems on the road.
  • Manage ice - If ice has formed on your sidewalk, you can use rock chips. “Chip” boxes are available in all neighbourhoods. Click here to see our interactive Chip Box location map.
  • Ask for help - If you are unable to clear your sidewalks, please arrange for someone to clear them for you. Strathcona County has a program called Snow Busters that connects eligible residents with volunteers.

Neighbourhood chip boxes

Ever noticed this green box in your neighbourhood? These green bins are chip boxes, and they are located throughout Strathcona County. If ice has formed on your sidewalk, you can use rock chips from these bins to manage it.

To report an empty chip box, please contact Transportation and Agriculture Services at 780-417-7100.

Image showing a local green chip box

If your neighbourhood chip bin has run out, you can find rock chips at central locations.

NOTE: The central locations include a large pile of rock chips with small barricades. 

Chip box map

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Interactive web maps are best viewed with Google Chrome.

Download PDF versions of the chip box locations maps:

Further information:

Transportation and Agriculture Services
Phone: 780-417-7100
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Last updated: Thursday, February 03, 2022
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