What you need to know about NYC's sidewalk snow-shoveling law - New York News

What you need to know about NYC's sidewalk snow-shoveling law

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Did you know that not cleaning the sidewalk or pavement after a snowfall could land you in jail? If you're a home or business owner, you need to know some rules. We got some legal questions answered from Judge Marilyn Milian of "The People's Court."

"The City of New York has an ordinance that makes owners and occupants responsible for cleaning up the sidewalk in front of their establishments and their homes," she said.

And that's not the only thing you need to know after it snows.

"In the case of a snowfall you have four hours after the snow falls to have it cleaned up," Milian said. "The time period between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. doesn't count."

But what if the snow freezes before you can remove it? The law in New York City says you should use salt, sand or any other agent that helps melt the ice and snow.

Not even the mayor is exempt from this rule.

"As I said I was shoveling my house and as any homeowner would tell you, you shovel your walk and you look at your street and it's normal that people would like to see their street as clear as possible," Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

If you fail to follow the law you can be fined up to $150 or face up to 10 days in jail. Business owners can face steeper penalties on up to several hundred dollars.

"Really that's the way to make it safest for all of us, is if everybody does their part for their piece in front of them," Milian said.

  • New York WeatherMore>>

  • 'brellaBox

    Umbrella sharing program coming to NYC

    Umbrella sharing program coming to NYC

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 4:15 PM EDT2014-04-15 20:15:51 GMT
    'brellaBox video image'brellaBox video image
    There's nothing worse than trying to dodge and weave through the rain drops on a rainy day in New York City. But a new umbrella sharing pilot may make getting stuck in the rain a little easier. Who really wants to lug an umbrella around all day? So here's a solution: umbrella sharing.
    There's nothing worse than trying to dodge and weave through the rain drops on a rainy day in New York City. But a new umbrella sharing pilot may make getting stuck in the rain a little easier. Who really wants to lug an umbrella around all day? So here's a solution: umbrella sharing.
  • Blood Moon eclipse 2014

    Blood Moon eclipse 2014

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 6:35 AM EDT2014-04-15 10:35:43 GMT
    A lunar eclipse known as a red moon or "blood moon" was visible in the Tristate area on Tuesday.  It started early in the morning and was the first of four such lunar eclipses over the next year and a half. The moon turns red during this type of eclipse because the sunlight is refracted, similar to the way it is bent during a sunset.
    A lunar eclipse known as a red moon or "blood moon" was visible in the Tristate area on Tuesday.  It started early in the morning and was the first of four such lunar eclipses over the next year and a half. The moon turns red during this type of eclipse because the sunlight is refracted, similar to the way it is bent during a sunset.
  • Tropical storms expected to target US coast in 2014

    Tropical storms expected to target US coast in 2014

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-04-08 19:55:16 GMT
    A forecast for the 2014 hurricane season predicts much-less than normal tropical activity this year but stronger storms forming closer to the United States.  “The very warm water off of the Eastern Seaboard is a huge problem," chief forecaster Joe Bastardi said.
    A forecast for the 2014 hurricane season predicts much-less than normal tropical activity this year but stronger storms forming closer to the United States.  “The very warm water off of the Eastern Seaboard is a huge problem," chief forecaster Joe Bastardi said.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Governor kicks off 114th annual New York International Auto Show

    Governor kicks off 114th annual New York International Auto Show

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:00 PM EDT2014-04-19 23:00:18 GMT
    Auto fans you may already know this the 114th New York International Automobile Show is in town this week. Governor Cuomo was on hand Saturday to kick off the official opening of the 10 day event by driving a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette convertible through the Jacob Javits Convention Center.
    Auto fans you may already know this the 114th New York International Automobile Show is in town this week. Governor Cuomo was on hand Saturday to kick off the official opening of the 10 day event by driving a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette convertible through the Jacob Javits Convention Center.
  • Protesters gather outside Liam Neeson's home

    Protesters gather outside Liam Neeson's home

    Saturday, April 19 2014 6:51 PM EDT2014-04-19 22:51:12 GMT
    The escalating debate over carriage horses in New York City has gotten personal. Dozens of protestors gathered outside actor Liam Neeson's Upper West Side condo on Saturday to take the issue right to his doorstep. Standing in a straight line outside the actors condo, demonstrators held signs criticizing Liam Neeson's position that city carriage horses should keep working.
    The escalating debate over carriage horses in New York City has gotten personal. Dozens of protestors gathered outside actor Liam Neeson's Upper West Side condo on Saturday to take the issue right to his doorstep. Standing in a straight line outside the actors condo, demonstrators held signs criticizing Liam Neeson's position that city carriage horses should keep working.
  • New protocol for NYPD officers responding to fires

    New protocol for NYPD officers responding to fires

    Saturday, April 19 2014 6:49 PM EDT2014-04-19 22:49:11 GMT
    Police officials in New York City have changed the way officers respond to fires.They’re now required to take the stairs when they enter structures that are burning.This follows the death of an officer earlier this month.Officer Dennis Guerra was overcome by smoke and carbon dioxide as he got off the elevator on the 13th floor of a Brooklyn building on April 6th. He died three days later.
    Police officials in New York City have changed the way officers respond to fires.They’re now required to take the stairs when they enter structures that are burning.This follows the death of an officer earlier this month.Officer Dennis Guerra was overcome by smoke and carbon dioxide as he got off the elevator on the 13th floor of a Brooklyn building on April 6th. He died three days later.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices