ITHACA, N.Y. –– After the storm earlier this week and as we head into the winter months, city officials are reminding residents to clear their sidewalks of snow and ice.

In accordance with City Code, clearing of snow and ice from walkways is the responsibility of the property owner and is to be done within 24 hours of the snowfall beginning.

Property owners will be billed for the work performed, at a minimum of $50.00, should their walkways require city crews to perform snow or ice removal.

As well as the $50 fine, homeowners are susceptible to exterior maintenance tickets for failing to properly remove snow and ice. Those tickets start at $40 for a first offense, and increase to $60 for a second offense and $100 for the third.

Homeowners are advised to sign up for an email service that would alert them to any tickets they’ve received for exterior maintenance, in order to prevent accruing more expensive fines.  That service can be found here. 

For those who are not physically able to shovel, there are volunteers available through the Tompkins County Office for the Aging. Those interested can contact their office for more details. (607) 274-5482

Additionally, the City of Ithaca’s Mobility, Accessibility, and Transportation Commission (MATCom) is conducting an online survey to gauge public opinion about snow removal from sidewalks and pedestrian walkways.

The survey will be used to help the Mayor’s Office, Common Council, and City of Ithaca staff understand the main areas of concern and develop potential long-term solutions.

You can complete the survey by following this link

The anonymous survey will remain open until Dec. 10, and it takes about 8-10 minutes to complete. Responses from the survey will be shared at either the December or January MATCom meeting and findings will also be shared with City staff, Common Council, and other City of Ithaca commissions.

Those who have questions about the survey or need assistance completing it can call the City Clerk’s Office at 607-274-6571 or email MATCom at

(Update 12:30 p.m. Friday) This story has been updated to include the extended MATCom survey. 

(Update 3:40 p.m. Friday) This story has been updated to include the exterior maintenance ticket email notification system. 

Anna Lamb

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