Icy sidewalks: Responsibility with property owner

“Maintain at least a three-foot-wide path..."

A man slides down an icy sidewalk in Portland metro, December 9, 2016 (KOIN)
A man slides down an icy sidewalk in Portland metro, December 9, 2016 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — It’s the responsibility of property owners, and not the city, to make sure sidewalks are clear of snow and ice.

In the City of Portland, property owners must maintain sidewalks to make sure they are clear if snow, ice and other debris.

“Maintain at least a three-foot-wide path so pedestrians and transit users have a safe place to walk,” the Portland Bureau of Transportation stated. “Property owners are also responsible for advising pedestrians of any danger of falling snow or ice from their buildings.”

Read: Official Portland code

When snow plows come through and create snow berms, the removal of those build-ups also fall on property owners to clear them from from driveways and public entrances.

“Pile shoveled snow where it can be absorbed into the ground, not on the street and public right-of-way,” PBOT said.

Failure to remove snow and ice could result in the property owner or occupant being held liable for “any and all damages to any person who is injured or otherwise suffers damage resulting from failure to remove snow and/or ice accumulations.”

KOIN 6 News reporter Lisa Balick demonstrates how icy sidewalks are by sliding along a Portland metro street, December 9, 2016 (KOIN)
KOIN 6 News reporter Lisa Balick demonstrates how icy sidewalks are by sliding along a Portland metro street, December 9, 2016 (KOIN)