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Winter snow and parking ordinances

Article Published 11/17/2010

The mission of Layton Police Department focuses on working in partnership with the community to recognize and resolve public safety concerns. With winter approaching, the Department would like to remind residents of City ordinances that govern snow removal and parking restrictions during the winter months.  Compliance with these ordinances provides a safer environment for everyone to enjoy our city.

Layton City Ordinance 12.4.050 states all accumulations of snow, sleet, hail or other precipitation shall be removed from the sidewalks within twelve hours from the termination of the storm.  Compliance with this ordinance provides safer routes for children walking to school and other pedestrians.

By keeping trees and bushes cut and maintained in compliance with Layton City Ordinance 19.16.080(d) city work trucks are able to better clear snow from the streets.  Low hanging branches cause damage to city vehicles and prevent them from clearing snow from the entire roadway. The ordinance states trees and bushes must be cut and maintained 7’ above the sidewalk and 13’6” above the street.  This includes trees and/or bushes in the parking strip.  

Layton City Ordinance 12.4.060 prohibits residents from depositing snow onto a city street.  When residents deposit snow back onto the street after it has been plowed, it creates unnecessary hazards for motorists.

Parking is a large problem during the winter months. Parking ordinance 10.62.010 prohibits parking on the street between the hours of 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. during the months of December, January and February, or any other time when the removal of snow from the streets is apparent, imminent or necessary. The purpose of this ordinance is to allow snow plow drivers to do their job thoroughly and without obstruction, thereby improving safety for motorists.

It is the desire of Layton Police Department to work in conjunction with all citizens to make our community a safer place to live and work. Additional information about City ordinances can be obtained by visiting www.laytoncity.org and selecting the Municipal Code option or by contacting Sgt. Rod Dixon at (801) 336-3425.