The City does not clean or remove snow or ice from sidewalks in front of residential and commercial property.
If you are in charge of any lot or building, you must clear snow and ice on your sidewalk to create a path for pedestrians. You must also shovel any bus stop or fire hydrant in front of your property. You may not shovel snow into the street. If a Department of Sanitation supervisor sees you shoveling snow into the street, you may receive a summons.
If the snow stops falling between:
- 7 AM and 5 PM, you must clear sidewalks within 4 hours
- 5 PM and 9 PM, you must clear sidewalks within 14 hours
- 9 PM and 7 AM, you must clear sidewalks by 11 AM
If you do not follow the rules, you may get a ticket from the Department of Sanitation.
Complaints about snowy or icy sidewalks are accepted after property owners have had enough time to clear their sidewalks.
Vehicle, Sidewalk, and Driveway Access
The Department of Sanitation does NOT clear access to vehicles, sidewalks, and driveways, whether or not the obstruction was caused by Department of Sanitation plowing activity.
Snow is always plowed to the right side of the street because the same trucks must plow both one-way and two-way streets. Once the plows are mounted on trucks, they cannot be shifted from direction to the other.