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Maintenance Division - Sidewalk Maintenance

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Snow Shoveling Rules

ShovelKeeping sidewalks free of ice and snow provides a safe walking environment for your neighborhood and it's the law. For your own benefit and to help your neighbors and the many people in Leawood who walk, please do your part.

Leawood Ordinance requires that property owners clear sidewalks after the end of a snowfall within 48 Hours.

  • Sidewalks are to be cleared of snow and ice within 48 hours of an event ending

When you shovel snow and clear ice

  • Shovel the sidewalks on all sides of your property, the full width of the sidewalk down to the bare pavement.
  • Remove all ice from sidewalks. After the sidewalk is cleared, sprinkling a little sand can help prevent slipping on frosty sidewalks.
  • Pile snow into your yard or the area between the street and sidewalk if available.
  • If you have corner property, clear curb cuts at corners and crosswalks to the street gutter

Avoid a ticket

  • If the City of Leawood gets a complaint or discovers that a sidewalk is not properly cleared, the City Codes Department will inspect the sidewalk and give the property owners a chance to clear it.
  • If the sidewalk has not been cleared upon re-inspection, the property owner may be issued a citation with a fine.


  • You are as responsible for clearing ice on your sidewalk as well as snow. Ice can be more dangerous and intimidating than snow.
  • The sooner and more completely you shovel, the less likely ice will form.
  • Arrange for someone to shovel while you are on vacation.


Sidewalk Maintenance Policy

By ordinance, the City of Leawood requires property owners/developers to build and maintain public sidewalks along city streets (Chapter XIII. Streets and Sidewalks - Article 1A Sidewalks and Article 8 16-8-5.2 Minimum Required Improvements - Section C, Sidewalks).

Public sidewalks are designed and built to provide safe passage for pedestrians throughout neighborhoods. A well maintained sidewalk is imperative to assist children, wheelchairs, strollers, and people with limited mobility travel safely without obstructions along the sidewalks. Sidewalks help promote a strong neighborhood feeling by providing a social opportunity to meet and visit neighbors while walking through the neighborhoods. Sidewalks also prevent the degradation of green space caused by pedestrian traffic walking on lawns.

Property Owners Responsibility

Property owners are obligated to maintain the public sidewalks in a safe, usable condition. If sidewalks become damaged, deteriorated, or obstructed as the result of private property construction, lack of maintenance, natural wear and tear, tree roots, or settlements, property owners are required to restore them to full working order. Contact the City's Engineering Department prior to any sidewalk replacement.

City's Responsibility

The City is responsible for maintaining those sidewalks adjacent to property owned by the city. This includes property with city buildings, parkland, and any city owned property not developed where sidewalks exist along the street.

There are times when the City may assist residential property owners with sidewalk maintenance.


  • If a sidewalk has settled next to a stormwater structure, the property owner may contact the City to see if city crews will make the appropriate repair.
  • A property owner may contact the City to request a failed section of sidewalk be placed on a list for the City to repair. Sidewalks on this list are addressed as funding and work schedules are available. (This does not relieve the Property Owner from liability or their maintenance Responsibility.)

Contact can be made by calling Public Works Maintenance at 681-6902 and leave your name, address, and contact information.