Who is Responsible for Snow Removal in Maryland?

No one wants to shovel snow, but it is a necessary part of our lives in the winter. What you may not realize is that shoveling snow does more than just create a pathway to your front door, or make it easier for you to get your car out of the driveway. Snow removal is so important because failing to do so can result in serious injury. If the party responsible for snow removal fails to maintain their property, they may be held responsible for any injuries that occur on the premises. So, how do you know whether you are responsible? The answer depends on a lot of different factors. Read on to learn more about snow removal in Maryland.

Who is Responsible for Snow Removal in Maryland?

Generally, in Maryland, property owners are responsible for clearing their properties of snow & ice. This applies to homeowners, businesses, shops, and municipal buildings. But, it is not always so simple. This is because each state has its own rules regarding snow removal, and each town has its own specific ordinances. It is important to know your town’s rules when it comes to snow removal. For example, there is a certain grace period during which you must clean your property after a snow or rainfall event, but this period differs by municipality. Also, the rules of snow removal vary depending upon different types of properties. For example, the rules for a multi-family home may be different. Things may also become more complicated depending on whether you rent a property. In this case, your landlord may be responsible for snow removal, but landlords often pass this responsibility off to their tenants in their leases. The best thing to do when it comes to determining responsibility is to carefully check your town’s ordinances, look over your lease, and speak with a personal injury attorney.

What if Someone is Injured on my Property?

If you are responsible for removing snow from a property and you fail to do so, you may find yourself in legal trouble. If someone becomes injured as a result of your negligence, they may be entitled to recover compensation. If this occurs, you will need to reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney right away.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding snow removal or premises liability in Maryland, reach out to our firm. We are here to walk you through all of your personal injury matters. Contact us to speak with a skilled and dedicated personal injury attorney.


The legal team at Markey & Orsi has proudly represented injured clients throughout the state of Maryland for almost 30 years. If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence and require strong legal representation, contact Markey & Orsi today to schedule a consultation.

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