Who is supposed to shovel and maintain Seattle's sidewalks?

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by LINDA BRILL / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on January 16, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 17 at 3:22 PM

With slippery sidewalks everywhere during our January snow, who in Seattle is supposed to make sure they stay safe?

Under Seattle municipal code, the owner of the property, even if it's a business, must maintain the sidewalk.

On city owned pedestrian walkways, the city is responsible for sidewalks.

There is a $500 penalty for failing to maintain your sidewalk in Seattle, but it's rarely enforced. However, you could be held liable if someone gets hurt on your property.

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