NYC Rules For Snow & Ice Removal


Snow on Christmas Trees by brooklynowl on Instagram

The snow is falling pretty steadily, and a snow alert has been issued, with 2 to 4 inches of snow anticipated. Alternate side parking regulations have been suspended for Tuesday to facilitate snow removal (you still need to feed the meters though). Trash and recycling collections are still scheduled to occur, but DSNY says to expect delays.

Keep these rules regarding snow and ice removal in mind today, and throughout the season:

• Every owner, lessee, tenant, occupant, or other person having charge of any lot or building must clean snow and/or ice from the sidewalk within 4 hours after the snow has stopped falling, or by 11am if the snow has stopped falling after 9pm the previous evening.

• Snow may not be thrown into the street.

• If the snow or ice becomes frozen so hard that it cannot be removed, the sidewalk may be strewn with ashes, sand, sawdust, or similar suitable material within the same time limits.

• The sidewalk must be thoroughly cleaned as soon as the weather permits.

Want some bonus points with Santa? Check in on any neighbors or family members who aren’t healthy enough to shovel their own property, and offer to help. Fines range from $100 to $350 for not shoveling, and nobody wants to be saddled with that during the holidays, so get those walkways cleared.

Photo by brooklynowl

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