Home Owners Responsibility to Salt Driveways

Man shovels snow in a driveway

As per the City of Toronto Municipal By-Law, a homeowner is responsible to clear steps, landings, walks, driveways (including mutual driveways), parking spaces, ramps, and similar areas of a yard of snow and ice within 24 hours of a snowfall to provide safe access and egress for persons and vehicles. This applies to all properties including commercial properties.

A homeowner is also required to keep roofs and roof structures free from any dangerous accumulation of snow and ice and any loose objects that may constitute a hazard, i.e. icicles. However, normal seasonal accumulations of snow and ice would not need to be addressed by the owner.

Additionally, if your neighborhood does not receive sidewalk snow clearing service, property owners are required to clear their sidewalks of snow within 12 hours after a storm has taken place.

If you are a tenant and have concerns about snow and ice on the property, please speak to the property owner. You should also make your request in writing to the owner by completing a work order or a Standards maintenance request. If the issue has not been resolved within a reasonable time you can file a complaint.

If you have been injured in a slip/trip and fall incident on private property, please contact JEWELL RADIMISIS JORGE LLP for a free consultation.
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