During this winter season, my office receives a lot of inquiries from people asking whether property owners are obligated to remove snow from sidewalks in front of their properties.
Not only is the prompt removal of snow from sidewalks the neighborly thing to do, it’s required by city law. If you own a home, apartment building or business, you must remove the snow from the sidewalk in front of your property or business. Failure to do so will leave you subject to a fine.
If you are aware of a property or business where the snow has not been shoveled, please call my office and we will try to track down the owner to remind them of their obligation. If we are unable to locate the owner, or the owner fails to respond, we will arrange to have them fined.
If you are physically unable to remove the snow yourself, or simply don’t have the time, please reply to this e-mail or call my office at 773-848-5796. We can refer you to people who are willing to shovel your walk for a reasonable rate.
With everybody’s cooperation, we can have a walkable neighborhood even in the snowiest conditions.