If you have followed this blog you know how one of my pet peeves is the sidewalks that don't get cleared with heavy snowfalls. The picture above shows how sidewalks on the back side of homes never get shoveled. The residents of these homes don't use the sidewalks behind their homes so they ignore the Howard County law that requires homeowners to clear sidewalks in front or behind their homes. The Howard County Code states:
"Howard County does not maintain any sidewalks, including snow removal, with exception of
the sidewalks adjacent to County buildings (libraries, offices, etc.). The owner of property
abutting a sidewalk in a public right-of-way is responsible for removing snow from the
sidewalk within 48 hours after the snow has fallen. In the event of a multi-unit building with
more than one occupant, it shall be the duty of the lessor to remove the snow unless the
lessor has obligated a tenant who is actually occupying the property to do so. (Howard
County Code, Section 18.402(h). This applies to public streets and is applicable to sidewalks
adjacent to public property.
If a property owner has not removed the snow within 48 hours, you may want to contact
the property owner and advise him or her of the County code. If you are unsure who owns a
property, contact our Real Estate Services Division at 410-313-2330. If you have an exact
address, they can look up the property owner and may be able to give you a contact name
As a last resort, to file a complaint, contact the Howard County Police Department at 410-
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