Legal Responsibility to Clear Snow from Sidewalk

While dealing with Winter Storm Niko, homeowners and business owners need to be aware that some communities require you remove snow from your sidewalks.

In Lynn it is a $50.00 fine if a homeowner does not clear snow from his or her sidewalk within 10 hours after snowfall stops during the day.  In Salem it is a $25.00 fine for a first offense if a homeowner does not clear snow either six hours after snowfall stops or after the city’s snow emergency lights are turned off, depending on which is later and if the snow stops during the day.  If the snow stops during the night, then you have until noon the next day.

For more information you can consult a snow map created by The Office of Geographic Information found here:


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