With the first snowfall of the year, Prince George’s County’s Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE) wanted to make citizens and business proprietors aware that they are responsible for removal of snow and ice from sidewalks abutting their properties. Per Prince George’s County Code, Section 23-150, it is the responsibility of the owner or lessor of a residential dwelling or commercial property to remove snow and ice from an abutting sidewalk within 48 hours after snow has fallen or ice has formed as a result of inclement weather.
If possible, residents and business proprietors are encouraged to remove snow or treat ice from an abutting sidewalk prior to the 48 hours to alleviate residual buildup on the sidewalk.
County inspectors will rotate through various areas of Prince George’s County to identify trouble spots that could create dangerous conditions for walkers of all ages. If trouble spots are identified, inspectors will leave a door hanger to “remind residents and business proprietors” to remove the snow and ice from abutting sidewalks.
If a door hanger is left, an inspector will return to the site the next day. If the sidewalk has not been cleared by that time, a violation notice will be left, which carries with it a $100 fine. Thereafter, the site will be re-inspected every 24 hours to ensure that it has been cleared. If it has not, subsequent violation notices will be issued, each of which carries a separate $100 fine.
As in all inclement weather conditions, if you know of a neighbor who is elderly or unable to shovel snow or remove ice from areas abutting their properties, please do the “neighborly” thing and try to help him or her. Local middle and high school students also could be contacted to assist, as they can earn community services hours required for graduation.
For more information, contact:
Susan D. Hubbard, Public Information Officer, Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement, 9400 Peppercorn Place, Suite 500, Largo, Maryland 20774, 301.636.2020, firstname.lastname@example.org