The New Bedford area got by without significant snow accumulation last winter, but trust me, it will snow again. When it does, you'll be faced with decisions about when to shovel, how much effort you want to make shoveling, or whether to shovel at all.

Maybe you've purchased property since the last measurable snowfall. Previously, you were still living at home, and your parents handled such things. Perhaps it snowed, you left it there, and nobody said or did anything about it. You were lucky.

Remember, legendary New Bedford Mayor Charles Ashley reportedly said of snow, "The good Lord put it there. Let the good Lord take it away." I cannot vouch for the authenticity of those remarks, but it makes for great folklore.

Are South Coast Property Owners Required To Shovel Snow?
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Massachusetts law requires property owners to remove snow and ice from their property and they can be legally responsible if they do not.

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Berry Insurance says the State Sanitary Code states, "The owners shall maintain all means of egress at all times in a safe, operable condition and shall keep all exterior stairways, fire escapes, egress balconies, and bridges free of ice."

Beyond that, specific requirements are up to the city or town your property is in.

Are South Coast Property Owners Required To Shovel Snow?
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New Bedford requires "private property owners (or occupants) to remove snow from public sidewalks abutting their property within a reasonable amount of time after the snow has stopped falling." Violators face a $50 fine.

All of the area cities and towns have laws governing snow removal, snow parking bans, and local procedures for during snow emergencies. The rules are on their websites, and residents should familiarize themselves with them before the snow falls.

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