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City of Albany Sidewalk Snow Removal Rule Changes Now In Effect

December 01, 2017


Date: December 1, 2017
Contact: Brian Shea

The City of Albany Common Council has voted to amend the City of Albany Code, Sec. 323-21 (Snow and ice removal from sidewalks and streets) in order to keep our sidewalks clear and safe for all pedestrians during the winter storm season.  As of Friday, December 1, 2017, the City of Albany Code no longer provides for an additional 24-hour notice to be given to property owners or occupants prior to the Department of General Services correcting the violation and imposing a fine.

City Code now states property owners and occupants must clear all sidewalks adjacent to their property within 24 hours of the cessation of a snowfall.  City Code continues to require sidewalks be cleared five (5) feet in width, or in their entirety if less than five (5) feet wide, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

If your sidewalk is not in compliance within 24 hours of the cessation of the last snowfall, the Department of General Services may clear the sidewalk of snow and ice, and the property owner will be issued a bill for the cost of removal, and charged a fine.

The City of Albany is proud to partner with United Way of the Greater Capital Region and 2-1-1 so that seniors and individuals with disabilities can be easily connected with volunteer organizations willing to assist with sidewalk snow removal.  If you are a senior (65 or older) or person with a disability, or know of a person who is, and need assistance clearing the sidewalk adjacent to the property you own or occupy during a snow storm, we encourage you to call 2-1-1 and speak with a call specialist who can refer you to a partner organization.  As this is a volunteer- based service, the City of Albany and 2-1-1 cannot guarantee assistance.  2-1-1 is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, in more than 200 languages, and has the ability to handle the TTY relay services.  

For more information regarding policies and procedures in place when it snows in the City of Albany, please contact the Department of General Services at (518) 434-2489. View the flyer here.