New England winters are characterized, whether we like it or not, by the accumulation of snow. While all of us, on some level, look forward to the arrival of snow and the fun that it can bring, we are also aware of the work that is involved in snow removal. For some of us snow removal means time spent in the driveway with a shovel, and for others it is yet another item in our budget. Regardless, it is worth knowing what exactly is required of us in New England when it comes to removing snow.
Snow Removal Regulations
The simple response is that your responsibilities regarding snow removal depend upon where you live. As a matter that falls under state jurisdiction, the state that you live in will have its own snow removal law. In a lot of cases, municipalities are allowed to create their own snow removal laws or ordinances that determine the manner in which snow must be removed. Typically the burden falls upon the property owner.
For those of us who are property owners it is especially important that we act diligently and ensure that snow is removed properly, and in a timely fashion. Often there are penalties for the neglect, or improper removal of snow. For specific details you would have to consult the snow removal laws in your local area. However, in most instances property owners are held liable for injuries resulting from improper snow removal, and in states such as Massachusetts, can now be held responsible for injuries resulting from natural accumulations as well.
You can contact your town or city offices or DPW for more specific details on snow removal laws for your property.