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Snow Removal from Public Sidewalks
Snowy or icy sidewalks are a safety issue. Since it's a safety issue, Building Inspection gives tickets, not warnings. Read on below for snow rules and tips.
The owner of a property next to a public sidewalk must handle snow and ice removal.
You must clear the entire sidewalk, from edge to edge. If you cannot remove ice, you must use sand or other suitable substance to help prevent falls.
You must clear the snow by noon of the day after the snow stops. For example, if the snow stops any time on Monday, from 12 am to 11:59 pm, you must clear snow by Tuesday at noon.
Remember, you must remove all the snow. Even a dusting of snow can be slippery and dangerous.
For owners with tenants
Make sure snow removal expectations are in the lease. If tenants handle snow removal, per the lease, remind them of the above deadline.
- Avoid ice by promptly clearing snow.
- Check your sidewalk after street plows come by.
- If you are leaving town, make arrangements in advance.
- Sign up for sidewalk snow removal email alerts.
Check your lease to see who must handle snow and ice removal. If your lease says you must handle snow removal, sign up for snow removal email alerts. These alerts will help you track deadlines for snow removal. Make sure you remove snow by noon of the day after the snow stops.
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