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Posted on: November 8, 2021

City of Winona Sidewalk Snow and Ice Removal

Snow Removal

Keeping our sidewalks free of ice and snow is the neighborly thing to do...

Together, we are all responsible for keeping Winona safe and effortless for winter walking.

...and it's the law.

Winona City Code Section 25.13(a) – Snow and/or Ice on Sidewalks requires that property owners clear sidewalks within 24 hours after the end of a snowfall for one or two family dwellings and 12 hours for commercial buildings and multi-family dwellings.

When you shovel snow and clear away ice

  • Shovel the sidewalks on all sides of your property, the full width of the sidewalk down to the bare pavement.
  • Remove all ice from sidewalks. After the sidewalk is clear, sprinkling a little sand can help prevent slipping on frosty sidewalks.
  • Pile snow onto your yard or boulevard. It’s against the law to shovel snow into streets and alleys.
  • If you have a corner property, clear curb cuts at corners and crosswalks to the street. You are not required to clear snow ridges or piles left behind by the plows beyond the curb. – City crews sometimes return to do that, but if they can’t, your neighbors would appreciate if you could clear an opening to get through.

Avoid a visit from the City of Winona Inspections

  • If the city gets a complaint or discovers that a sidewalk is not properly cleared, the City of Winona Inspections Department will tag the property and also send a copy of the violation notice in the mail to require the owner to clear it.
  • If the sidewalk has not been cleared upon re-inspection, the property owner will be billed from the City of Winona to have the sidewalk cleared plus an administrative fee of $100.00 will be added as well.


  • Make arrangements for someone to take over snow and ice removal when you are on vacation or away for the winter.
  • Want to go the extra mile? Help a neighbor in need who may be elderly, sick, disabled, or may have a hard time shoveling for any reason. You can also help by clearing around fire hydrants and bus stops.

To report a sidewalk not shoveled or icy, please call the City of Winona Inspections at 507-457-8231.

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