Did you know that snow removal from sidewalks is the responsibility of each property owner. Because many owners are not local, this responsibility can fall to the businesses. On corner properties, this includes both sides, even if there is not a door.
Downtown Bend Business Association does our best to assist in making a path, particularly clearing snow near crosswalks and common areas. Another area of emphasis is clearing disabled parking spaces, as soon as possible. We typically start before 6am and hire temporary employees to shovel snow in a timely fashion in the interest of safer sidewalks for Downtown customers.
Below are details from City of Bend regarding snow removal code:
Why Should I Remove Snow From My Sidewalk?
Many of our neighbors rely on a clear sidewalk to get to and from work or school or to access bus stops. Without a clear route, it becomes quite difficult or dangerous for pedestrians to get where they need to. When a sidewalk has not been cleared of snow or ice, pedestrians may be forced to walk in the road causing a dangerous situation for both the pedestrian and the driver. Snow and ice cause pedestrians using mobility devices to have restricted or difficult access to the sidewalk.
Please help keep the City of Bend safe and accessible for all of our citizens!
Snow and Ice Ordinance
No owner or person in charge of property improved or unimproved abutting a public sidewalk shall allow:
A. Snow to remain on the sidewalk for a period longer than the first six hours of daylight after the snow has fallen or otherwise accumulated in commercial areas and one day in all other areas.
B. Ice to remain on the sidewalk for more than six hours of daylight in commercial areas and one day in all other areas after the ice has formed unless the ice is covered with a suitable material to assure safe travel.
C. A violation of this section is a Class B civil infraction for violation in all areas except for residential property. The penalty in residential areas is a Class C civil infraction.
The maximum penalty for a Class B infraction is $460 a day; Class C infraction is $260/day.
Here’s a list of contractors for hire:
BEND QUALITY LANDSCAPE DESIGN & MAINTENANCE
BLAKE & SONS LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE
MATESKI IRRIGATION & LANDSCAPE
MILLSITE LANDSCAPE SERVICE
NELSON LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE
PRAY’S LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE INC
RON WEBB REMODLING (SNOW REMOVAL IN WINTER)
SPRINGTIME LANDSCAPE & IRRIGATION INC
If you have any questions, contact Rod Porsche, Executive Director:
541 788 3628