Do you legally have to shovel your sidewalks in New York?

do you legally have to shovel your sidewalks in new york?

Do you legally have to shovel your sidewalks in New York?

(NEXSTAR) — When snow is in the forecast most people are worried about getting to work, if schools are open, and buying as much bread, milk, and eggs as possible. But one thing that should be added to that list of worries is “Will I get fined if I don’t shovel my sidewalk?”

There are a few factors to consider, and rules can vary by city, which is why it’s important to check with your local municipality for your specific laws.

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In New York City, property owners must clean snow and ice from the sidewalks adjacent to their properties before a certain time once it stops snowing. If snow stops between 7 a.m. and 4:49 p.m., then you have four hours to shovel your sidewalk. If it stops between 5 p.m. and 8:59 p.m., then you have 14 hours. Finally, if it stops overnight between 9 p.m. to 6:59 a.m., you have until 11 a.m. Fines in New York City can vary from $100 to $350 depending on the number of offenses.

In Buffalo, homeowners are legally responsible for sidewalk snow removal in front of their homes and must have the snow from the night before removed by 9:00 a.m. Failing to do so can result in a fine up to $225.

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In Rochester, the city provides help to property owners to clear their sidewalks during a substantial winter storm. The City will plow sidewalks when 4 inches of new snow has accumulated. Property owners are responsible to remove any remaining snow and ice.

In the capitol city of Albany, homeowners with sidewalks adjacent to your property must be cleaned within 24 hours after the snow has stopped. If this is not done, the property will be cleaned and the owner will receive a fine and a bill for the service performed.

And don’t forget your mailboxes. The U.S. Postal Service requires you to clear a path to your mailbox, warning that snow can be dangerous for mail carriers. You must also make sure there is a space at your mailbox for a mail carrier to deliver your mail without having to get out of their vehicle or having to back up.

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