Law

City of Chicago Snow and Ice Removal Ordinance

(10-8-180) Every owner, lessee, tenant, occupant or other person having charge of any building or lot of ground in the city abutting upon any public way or public place shall remove the snow and ice from the sidewalk in front of such building or lot of ground.

If the sidewalk is of greater width than five feet, it shall not be necessary for such person to remove snow and ice from the same for a space wider than five feet.

In case the snow and ice on the sidewalk shall be frozen so hard that it cannot be removed without injury to the pavement, the person having charge of any building or lot of ground as aforesaid shall, within the time specified, cause the sidewalk abutting on the said premises to be strewn with ashes, sand, sawdust, or some similar suitable material, and shall, as soon thereafter as the weather shall permit, thoroughly clean said sidewalk.

The snow, which falls or accumulates during the day (excepting Sundays) before four p.m. shall be removed within three hours after the same has fallen or accumulated. The snow, which falls or accumulates on Sunday or after four p.m. and during the night on other days shall be removed before ten a.m.

The State of Illinois Snow and Ice Removal Act

(745 ILCS 75/0.01) (from Ch. 70, par. 200)

Sec. 0.01. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Snow and Ice Removal Act.

(Source: P.A. 86-1324.)

(745 ILCS 75/1) (from Ch. 70, par. 201)

Sec. 1. It is declared to be the public policy of this State that owners and others residing in residential units be encouraged to clean the sidewalks abutting their residences of snow and ice. The General Assembly, therefore, determines that it is undesirable for any person to be found liable for damages due to his or her efforts in the removal of snow or ice from such sidewalks, except for acts which amount to clear wrongdoing, as described in Section 2 of this Act.

(Source: P.A. 81-591.)

(745 ILCS 75/2) (from Ch. 70, par. 202)

Sec. 2. Any owner, lessor, occupant or other person in charge of any residential property, or any agent of or other person engaged by any such party, who removes or attempts to remove snow or ice from sidewalks abutting the property shall not be liable for any personal injuries allegedly caused by the snowy or icy condition of the sidewalk resulting from his or her acts or omissions unless the alleged misconduct was willful or wanton.

(Source: 81-591.)

Share on TwitterShare on TumblrShare via email