Snow Removal Policy for Businesses

As we begin the winter season of 2022-2023, the City of York snow emergency team wants to remind businesses of some of the York City Snow Emergency Regulations Specifically, as they apply to plowing of private parking lots and the disposal of snow. These regulations have been enacted for the safety and protection of the driving public as well as residential, business, and industrial citizens in York City.

Occasionally snow removal operators have deposited the snow from businesses’ parking areas onto city streets. This creates a hazardous situation for pedestrians, the driving public, and city plow operators clearing public streets. This year the City will aggressively be enforcing our snow regulations to protect public safety. The City is asking for cooperation in this effort and to make sure a business’ staff and contractor remove snow in accordance with these regulations.

Regulations Under Property Maintenance Code

“302.3.3.1 Deposit of other snow. No person shall deposit snow cleared/removed from parking lots, private property or that snow removed along streets or highways to create parking spaces into the roadbed of the street or highway adjoining such parking lot, private property, or parking space. Snow cleared/removed from parking lots or private property shall be piled on such parking lot or private property or shall be hauled away. Snow cleared/removed from parking spaces shall be deposited in accordance with Section 302.3.3 of this code. For the purposes of this section, the owner of any parking lot or private property shall be responsible for the actions of any person or persons employed or contracted with to clear/remove snow.”

“106.4 Violation penalties. Any person who shall violate a provision of this code, or fail to comply with any of the requirements thereof or who shall erect, construct, alter or repair a building or structure in violation of an approved plan or directive of the code official, shall be guilty of a summary offense, punishable by a fine of not less than $100.00 nor more than $1,000.00 for the first two continual and uncorrected violations and not exceeding $5,000.00 for the third and any subsequent continual and uncorrected violations and the cost of prosecution, and in default of the payment thereof, shall be imprisoned for not more than 90 days. Each day that a violation continues after due notice has been served shall be deemed a separate offense.”

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