Property owners, occupants and merchants are reminded of the City requirement to remove accumulated snow and ice from all walkways, driveways, parking lots and other areas used by pedestrians or automobiles. The owner or occupant of any property that abuts the sidewalk must clean all ice, sleet and snow from the full width of the public walkway. It is required that snow and ice be removed within the first 24 hours after the winter weather event ends (per City Code Section 141-5 and Prince George's County Code 23-150).
Keeping public sidewalks cleared of snow and ice is important for pedestrian safety and accessibility. It is especially crucial for students who walk to school, senior citizens, toddlers and young children, and people with accessibility needs.
Failure to comply with this regulation in a timely manner could result in fines or be used as evidence by someone injured on or adjacent to your property in a civil suit. Non-compliance can be reported 24/7 at www.collegeparkmd.gov/tellus.
Be prepared! Keep snow shovels and salt ready for the next storm, and plan to have help available if necessary to make your walkway safe as soon as the snow stops falling.
For more information about the City’s Guide to Winter Weather, please visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/snow.