2008-02-07 / Other News

Removal Regulations For When It Finally Does Snow

You MUSTclear the ice and snow from your sidewalk! It's the law!

If you are the owner, tenant, occupant or the person in charge of any lot or building, you must clear the snow and/or ice from your sidewalk within four (4) hours after the snow has stopped falling or by 11 a.m. if the snow stopped falling after 9 p.m. the night before.

If the snow or ice becomes frozen and it is too hard to remove, you may spread clean and unused cat litter, sand, sawdust or another similarly suitable material within the same time limits. As you clear your sidewalk, keep in mind that snow must NOTbe thrown into the street. You should also be careful not to cover fire hydrants with snow- this could interfere with firefighting efforts.

Your goal should be to remove snow and ice from your sidewalks as soon as the weather permits.

If you are unable to remove ice and snow from your sidewalk yourself, you must make provisions to have someone else do it for you.

Failure to comply with the law may result in fines ranging from $100 to $350. When the snow accumulations reach two inches or more, Sanitation trucks start plowing the roads to the right side. If you live on the right side of the street, wait until the plows have done their job before full clearing cars and driveways. Remember, you must not throw the snow back into the street. It's against the law and counterproductive.

For more information on snow removal, visit the Department of Sanitation's web site at www.nyc.gov/sanitation.

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