Shovel Your Sidewalk

When it snows, be sure to shovel your sidewalks so everyone may safely pass. The law says: Within six hours of the end of a snowfall or freezing rain, you must clear a path at least 36 inches wide on your sidewalk, including curb cuts. Do not shovel or sweep the snow into the street. The penalty for violating this regulation can range from a minimum fine of $50 up to $300 for each violation.

To report a sidewalk or curb cut that has not been cleared, call the Streets Department Customer Affairs Unit at (215) 686-5560. For all City services dial, 3-1-1.  For more information about snow removal in the city, visit the Streets Department website.

Written by Amy Grant

Amy Grant is a graphic designer and web developer. She is the founder of the Southwark Historical Society, a volunteer based group that studies the Southwark Historical District located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.