NYC Sidewalk Snow Removal Policy

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While snow is falling, the city will not take complaints about snowy or icy sidewalks. After the snow stops falling, property owners must clear a path for pedestrians and remove snow from sidewalks next to bus stops and hydrants as follows:

  • If snowfall ends between 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM, property owners must clear sidewalks within four hours.
  • If snowfall ends between 5:00 PM and 7:00 AM, property owners must clear sidewalks before 11:00 AM.

The City may issue property owners a summons for failure to clear the sidewalks within these time frames.  They could face fines ranging from $100 to $350.

You can make a complaint at any time about snow or ice on sidewalks in front of public property such as a bus stop shelter, a park path, or a school. You can make a complaint about snow or ice on sidewalks in front of private property after property owners have had the appropriate amount of time to clear their sidewalks.

 

One of the problems in Woodhaven is absentee landlords not getting their properties shoveled.  If you have such a situation on your block, call 311 — make sure you write down the 311 complaint number — and send the information to the WRBA.  We will send a letter to the landlord advising them that their behavior is unacceptable.  Also, we will work with the City Council to ensure that fines are enforced in this case.

 

 

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