ATTENTION NYC RESIDENTS — I PRESENT THIS IN BIG PRINT BECAUSE IT IS OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE TO NEW YORK CITY HOMEOWNERS AND THOSE CONSIDERING PURCHASING A HOME.
If you are one of the lucky individuals who owns a house, building, or any other property throughout the five boroughs, you should be aware of the strict requirements when it comes to NYC's snow shoveling laws:
- While the snow is still falling, complaints about snowy or icy sidewalks that people file against your property to the city will not be accepted.
- After the snow stops falling, if you are a property owner, you must clear snow and ice on your sidewalk to create a path for pedestrians.
- You must also remove snow and ice from sidewalks next to bus stops and hydrants. This is a rule that many home owners are not aware of when they purchase that wonderful commercial or residential property with a bus stop in front of it because of commuting ease to and from work.
- If snowfall ends between 7 AM and 5 PM, sidewalks must be cleared within 4 hours.
- If snowfall ends between 5 PM and 9 PM, sidewalks must be cleared within 14 hours.
- If snowfall ends between 9 PM and 7 AM, sidewalks must be cleared by 11 AM.
- You may receive a summons for failing to clear the sidewalks within these time frames.
- To make it easier for the fire department to put out a fire on your block, shovel around every fire hydrant for easier access. This is not a rule, but it is kind.
- You can make a complaint about snow or ice on sidewalks in front of private property after property owners have had an appropriate amount of time to clear their sidewalks.
- If you neglect to follow the rules, the city can issue you a summons and potentially a fine. In the past, these fines have been anywhere from $100 to $150 for the first offense and incrementally more for the second and third.
- While the city and the city Sanitation Department encourages you to shovel your sidewalks and other easements, it does not want you to dump shovel-loads of snow onto the roads. As you may have guessed it, there is a fine for that too. The offense's official title is "Interfering with Sanitation Department Work," and will cost offenders $100 and $300, as explained at the bottom of page 26 in the agency's Summary of Sanitation Rules and Regulations Guide.
- Because I believe in being kind, I suggest you ring a bell or knock on a door. You may not be aware of a person's situation that could stop them from shoveling the snow. I shovel for my neighbors. He is a retired war vet and she is a retired hairstylist, both in their mid 80's. Filing a complaint against them would be wrong and unethical so please exercise some friendly communication with your neighbors before resorting to filing a complaint.
- You can also make a complaint at any time about snow or ice on sidewalks in front of public property, such as bus stop shelters, park paths, or schools. These are not the responsibility of home owners so hopefully the city practices what it preaches and clears the snow as fast as they expect homeowners to clear theirs.
This information was retrieved from The Official Website of the City of New York http://www1.nyc.gov/nyc-resources/service/2489/snow-or-ice-on-sidewalks-report.
George L. Rosario
NYC's Hometown Realtor
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