Now usually, snow can instill feelings of excitement and generate a sense of anticipation of holidays to come; however this year it signifies all the things I CANT do! Let it rain! Cancelled parties, cancelled visits to friends outside the city, cancelled showings for clients, the list goes on! I am becoming the Grinch of Snow!
Please, don't even get me started on the drivers here in Victoria when it comes to snow, and I am just as bad as everyone else! No snow tires, no chains, no sense of how to tackle a snow covered hill, (kind of funny actually, makes a good YouTube video!) The panic that sets in at the first flurry has caused us to be memed to bits on social media! We are the season's good Canadian laugh!
As homeowners or landlords, there are a couple of things you should know when it comes to snow. Victoria City’s Streets and Traffic Bylaw requires an owner or occupier of land to remove snow and ice from a sidewalk fronting their property by 10 a.m. each day. The Bylaw applies to residents and businesses in Victoria. If you live in a single family home or duplex, you are responsible for removing ice and snow from the sidewalk fronting your home. If you live in an apartment, condominium or townhouse, the property owner/manager is responsible for appointing staff or contractors to remove snow and ice by 10 a.m. each day.
Those who do not comply with the Bylaw may face a fine of $125 per ticketed offence (per day)! Yikes! A ticket can be issued up to six months after an offence has occurred! Even if you are away from home when it snows, you are still responsible for making sure snow and ice are cleared from sidewalks fronting your property by 10 a.m. each day. You are encouraged to make arrangements with neighbours in advance to clear snow for one another when one is away.
If you are unable to remove ice and show, please ask friends, neighbours and family for assistance before it snows. Alternately, please remember your elderly or disabled neighbours who would appreciate your assistance with snow removal. And remember to check on them in the event of a severe storm!