Who is Responsible for Snow Removal in New Jersey?


New Jersey has seen a lot of snow this winter and many of us have spent a lot of time shoveling our properties. In some cases, you may find yourself wondering: who exactly is responsible for snow removal? The answer depends on a number of different factors. Read on for more information regarding snow removal in New Jersey.

Who is Responsible for Snow Removal in New Jersey?

There are a few different parties who may be held responsible for snow removal in New Jersey:

  • Property owner
  • Landlord
  • Tenant
  • Municipality

How Do I Know if I Am Responsible for Snow Removal?

Generally, in New Jersey, a property owner will be responsible for snow removal. But, this is not always the case. Each state has different regulations regarding snow removal and each town has its own ordinances. For this reason, the answer is not always clear. Things can become especially complicated if you rent your property, live in a multi-family home, and so on. In these cases, it may not be immediately clear who is responsible for snow removal. For example, while property owners are responsible, they often pass this job off to their tenants by stating it in the lease. As a result, it is important to check your town’s ordinances, look over your leases, and contact a personal injury attorney to be sure.

What if I Do Not Remove Snow From My Property?

If it has been determined that you are the party responsible for clearing your property of snow, and you do not do so, serious accidents can occur. In New Jersey, property owners have a certain window of time during which they must clean their property of snow and ice. If you fail to clean your property and someone becomes injured as a result, you can be considered negligent and held responsible for their injuries. If this does occur, it is important to speak with a skilled personal injury attorney right away.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding snow removal in New Jersey or other premises law matters, do not hesitate to reach out. Contact our firm to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney today.


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