Baltimore housing reminds everyone to be shovel ready

Baltimore – March 05, 2015 - An important element in providing safe passage of pedestrians during snow events is in the hands of Baltimore City residents themselves, namely, the removal of snow and ice from public sidewalks. The City depends on its citizens to be helpful, responsible, and aware of the need to remove all snow and ice from public sidewalks and ramps leading to crosswalks during inclement weather.

Baltimore Housing is reminding all property owners that all snow and ice should be removed from public sidewalks creating at least a 2-foot wide passage in both residential and business areas.  Clearing snow and ice from sidewalks is a demonstration of courtesy toward all those who need to use the public walkways.

There is an ordinance regarding snow removal that identifies the responsibilities of citizens in removing snow from sidewalks, resulting in fines of $50 for residential property and $100 for commercial properties. Property owners are reminded that snow removal is required within 3 hours after the end of a snow or ice event unless the snow fall stops between 3pm and 6am, in which case snow must be removed by 11am.

The city reminds all property owners or occupants of property that:

  • All snow and ice, which has accumulated on the adjacent public sidewalk, must be removed within 3 hours after the end of a snow or ice event unless the snow fall stops between 3pm and 6am, in which case snow must be removed by 11am.
  • Please exercise caution and care when shoveling, especially during extreme cold.

If any property owner has a concern regarding sidewalk snow removal within 24 - 48 hours after the end of an accumulation, they should call 311. Residents may also call 311 to report locations that may be in violation of the city snow removal ordinance.