Please help each other out with clearing the sidewalks. Ghent is such a walking community and we don’t want anyone to be hurt walking in front of our house, condo, or apartment. There is a state code regarding removal of snow so that liability can be placed if something happens.
Sec. 42-34. – Removal of snow from sidewalks – By owners or occupants of abutting property. It shall be the duty of every person using or occupying, in any manner or for any purpose whatsoever, any house, store, shop, building or tenement of any kind, and of persons having charge of churches and public buildings of any description, other than public schools and buildings owned or occupied by the city, and of owners of unoccupied houses or unimproved lots, situate on any paved street, lane or alley in the city, within three (3) hours after the fall of any show has ceased, to remove and clear away, or cause to be removed and cleared away, the snow from the sidewalks fronting such house, store, shop, church, building or lot, in such manner as not to obstruct the passage of the water in the gutters. If snow ceases to fall between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., the removal of the snow before 11:00 a.m. will be deemed compliance with this section.
(Code 1958, Â§ 45-30)
State law reference – Authority for above section, Code of Virginia, Â§ 15.1-867.