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Snow Removal Ordinances

Wauwatosa Ordinance

The snow is falling again and as such I wanted to remind you about the Wauwatosa Ordinances regarding snow removal.

12.24.010 - Removal of snow and ice from sidewalks.

The owner, occupant, or person in charge of each and every building or property in the city of Wauwatosa fronting upon or adjoining any street, and the owner or person in charge of any unoccupied building or lot fronting upon or adjoining any city street, the public sidewalk and the adjoining crosswalk by twelve noon of the day following any snowfall or accumulation of ice and shall cause the same to be kept clear from snow and ice. Crosswalks are to be cleared to the plowed area of the street. When ice is formed on any sidewalk or crosswalk and it cannot be removed, the owner, occupant, or person in charge of the adjacent property shall keep the sidewalk and crosswalk sprinkled with calcium chloride, sodium chloride, other acceptable deicing materials or sand. Where snow continues to fall for some time, it shall be removed immediately after the snowfall ends.

12.24.060 - Throwing snow and ice on street unlawful.

It is unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to throw or put or cause to be thrown or put any snow or ice from private property into any street, avenue or other public place in the city of Wauwatosa.

12.24.070 - Throwing snow and ice around fire hydrant unlawful.

12.24.120 - Snow removal policy—Special charge.


A. A property owner has a duty to remove snow and ice from the city sidewalk abutting such property in accordance with the provisions of Section 12.24.010.
B. Failure to comply with such provisions authorizes the city to have such work performed as provided for in Section 12.24.050.
C. The special charge for snow and/or ice removal provided by the city in accordance with Section 12.24.050 shall be as shown in the fee schedule.
D. In addition to the special charge, the city forester or his designee is authorized to issue a citation for a violation of Section 12.24.010.
E. Penalty. Any person, firm, or corporation who violates the provisions of Section 12.24.010 shall pay a forfeiture of not less than fifty dollars for the first conviction within a twelve-month period. For a second conviction within a twelve-month period, the forfeiture shall not be less than two hundred dollars and for each conviction thereafter within a twelve-month period, the minimum forfeiture shall be five hundred for each offense.
F. The special charges shall be in addition to any other penalty authorized for violating such provision.

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