Post storm clean up procedures for small businesses.

Here is some information we received from NYC small business services we’d like to share with you.  Some of this is pre-storm prep, such as preparing for the high winds but much of it has to do with snow and ice removal.  Basically it goes through what business owners should do once the blizzard dies down to protect their storefront as well as the public around it.  Not much we can do until possibly tomorrow but definitely good information to have.

Once weather permits, below is some important information for business owners.


  • Snow and ice must be removed within 4 hours after the snow has stopped falling or by 11 a.m. if the snow has not stopped falling after 9 p.m. the previous evening.
  • Snow must NOT be thrown into the street.
  • If the snow or ice becomes frozen so hard that it cannot be removed, the sidewalk can be strewn with ashes, sand, sawdust, or similar suitable material within the same time limits.
  • The sidewalk must be thoroughly cleaned as soon as the weather permits.
  • If there are high winds, please take in all loose standing objects that may become dislodged and harm pedestrians. 
  • All ground level commercial/business owners should clear the snow/ice from their awnings as soon as the weather permits to prevent structural collapse. If you have a retractable awning or shade, please close these devices.
  • One-story commercial property owners/lessees should clear the snow/ice from their rooftops as soon as the weather permits to prevent possible collapse (a professional should perform this task). 
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