Winter is coming and a reminder to anyone with a sidewalk in front of their business or residence: If you have a sidewalk in front of your business or residence, town ordinances require that owners or operators of a business shall keep their sidewalk clear and free of any snow and ice and they shall keep their sidewalks in good repair.
Parking a vehicle, trailer, and/or boat on the side of the roadway even in front of your property is not allowed if it is parked in the same spot for over 5 days.
Montana Code annotated states:
61-8-356. Prohibition against parking or leaving vehicles on public property — presumption of ownership. (1) A vehicle may not be parked or left standing upon the right-of-way of a public highway for a period longer than 48 hours or upon a city street or state, county, or city property for a period longer than 5 days.
(2) The abandonment of a vehicle, other than a bicycle, on a public highway, a city street, public property, or private property creates a prima facie presumption that the last-registered owner of the vehicle is responsible for the abandonment and is liable for the costs incurred in removing, storing, and disposing of the abandoned vehicle, less the amount realized if the vehicle is sold.
(3) The filing of a theft report with a law enforcement agency prior to the abandonment relieves the last-registered owner of liability under subsection (2).