2011-02-03 / Other News

Warning To Property Owners

Due to the recent heavy snowfall and icy conditions, the Department of Buildings advises all property owners to safely remove ice and snow from roofs, overhangs, and awnings.

The buildup of snow and ice on roofs can present a threat to the structural integrity of a building if the accumulated weight becomes too great. In addition, icicles could form and pose a threat to public safety if not promptly removed. Property owners have a legal responsibility to consider the safety of their buildings, and this obligation includes removing ice and snow.

To secure a building, property owners should take all precautionary measures including but not limited to the following: Clear ice and snow from areas around the sites, like sidewalks, that are used by the public. Safely remove ice and snow from flat roofs, gutters, and overhangs. Clean out gutters and roof drains to allow water to drain.

New Yorkers are encouraged to call 311 to report non-compliant conditions or 911 to report emergencies at construction sites or buildings.

Under the city’s Administrative Code, property owners are legally obligated to maintain their properties in a safe condition.

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